Govt's lack of commitment to improve two federal roads disappointing, says Dr Wee


PETALING JAYA: The government's delay in improving the condition of two federal routes in Ayer Hitam, Johor – despite promises before the last general election – is unacceptable, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Ayer Hitam MP said it was disappointing that the government did not show any commitment to do anything for the FT050 federal road (Jalan Batu Pahat-Ayer Hitam-Kluang).

"It's saddening. (They) just keep waiting for approval from the Finance and Economic Affairs Ministries," he said on his Facebook page Sunday (May 19) night.

The MCA president shared a written reply from Works Minister Baru Bian in Parliament on the response given over FT050 as well as FT01 (Jalan Ayer Hitam-Chaah).

"I still remember one of the 10 general election promises made to the people in Ayer Hitam by (then-opposition candidate) Liew Chin Tong to build a median barrier for FT050 immediately upon capturing Putrajaya.

"Now that both the Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng are both from Pakatan Harapan, why is the promise not delivered?" he asked.

Dr Wee also expressed disappointment that FT01 was not upgraded, citing that its level of service (LoS) did not warrant an upgrade.

"The minister thinks that the route's LoS at level C, which means its traffic congestion condition during peak hour was still acceptable, and needs no upgrade.

"I think he doesn't understand much about the concept of LoS – it has nothing to do with traffic congestion.

"The route's main issue was that it was not widened properly. The road surface is also uneven, the roadside buffer zone is too narrow and it is not safe," he said.

Dr Wee also questioned why a certain stretch of the route was left out when other connecting stretches were upgraded.

"The entire FT01 from Gemas to Ayer Hitam has been upgraded except for the Chaah-Ayer Hitam stretch.

"The other stretch that has been or is being upgraded also have level C in LoS. So what is the justification to have that 'missing link' not upgraded in my parliament constituency?"

"Please be fair to the people in Ayer Hitam," he added.