Frustrated over PJ’s poor infrastructure

  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015

I HAVE lived in the prosperous state of Selangor for more than 20 years.

I am proud to live in this state which is the most developed in the country. But I share my frustrations with the many residents over the poor infrastructure we have.

An example is the awful potholes and uneven roads. Just take a drive in Petaling Jaya and you will understand just how bad the roads are. It’s simply terrible!

I have seen cars and motorcycles avoiding potholes dangerously. I have seen near-accidents. I myself have a tough time driving here.

As one of the most developed cities, it is embarrassing that we have such terrible roads. Even my foreign colleagues, who come to my office in Petaling Jaya for business, complain about how terrible the city is.

Then we have the poorly planned one-way loop (OWL). While, the project may have met its objective of reducing traffic congestion, the side effects of the project are unbearable.

Road signs are confusing, roads are simply full of holes, streetlights are not working, and there are so many other construction projects going on at the same time. Besides, the entire OWL project has not been completed although it’s been more than a year. Why is it taking forever to complete?

What is Majlis Bandaran Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) doing about this? Are they waiting for an accident to happen before doing something?

I appreciate The Star for highlighting the issue but until today, no action has been taken by the authorities.

Then we have the Templer roundabout which was changed into a traffic light system recently.

I was one of the many residents that were relieved to learn that the authorities were doing something about the ridiculous congestion at the previous roundabout.

We thought by changing to the new system, it would reduce the congestion but we were wrong. In fact, it has become worse.

Did MBPJ do a proper traffic study before implementing the project? Why waste millions of ringgit on a project that has made things worse? During peak periods, it can take up to 40 minutes to just drive 500m!

I am also upset with the Selangor Mentri Besar for cancelling the Kidex project while not considering a reliable alternative.

Kidex was mooted because the LDP is already too congested for Puchong residents to travel to PJ and they needed an alternative. The only alternative that was suggested was to use public transport, but what public transport? Even with the future LRT, there won’t be any direct trains from Puchong to PJ. There are also no direct buses from Kinrara to PJ. Even the free Selangorku buses from the state government are not available in Puchong.

Puchong and Subang roads too have numerous potholes and streetlights that are not working, especially near the new LRT stations in Kinrara and USJ.What are the state government and local councils doing?

I hope the Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali will do something. These are things that really matter to people.


Petaling Jaya

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