WE commend the Government and particularly the Works Minister for the foresight in considering the alternatives to the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex), “Alternative to Kidex” (The Star, Sept 29).
The proposal to consider alternatives was first made by this writer on Feb 16
This was written with the confidence that the Government would hear us and stop a bad, unwanted development.
We appealed for consideration of an alternative. On Sept 29, we saw that the Government had heard us and was considering the alternative. This is a victory for the rakyat.
We believe nobody should stand in the way of good development for the benefit of the people.
The tunnel project would cause minimum damage to properties and the need for acquisition of properties would be small, if at all.
This would be a plus point for the tunnel project and certainly a rallying point for support of the residents.
There are the Kinrara Army camp site, Kampung Medan dump site and Plus Highway as intake and exit points for the tunnel, all underground and convenient for everyone.
We call upon companies to come forward to take up the minister’s offer and seriously consider the tunnel.
We assure you of our support subject to the good alignment away from Petaling Jaya City centre, independent TIA, EIA, Social Impact Assessment and other reports.
Please ensure that the final contract is made public together with the rate of returns.
We would be willing to serve on the committee to help plan this project and see that the rakyat’s needs are met.
We hope an open tender will be held and if no local company comes forward, the Works Ministry should proceed with an international tender.
We are sure there will be Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean companies that would come forward to bid for this tunnel project.
We pray that the corporate sector would work on the tunnel for a better Malaysia.
We know there are companies that would consider this project and successfully complete the tunnel.
On our part, we will ensure you of our full cooperation.
SELVE SUGUMARAN PERUMAL