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Don’t commit to Kidex until all studies done, DAP reps caution Selangor government..where r PAS’s state assemblymen?

May 21, 2014

 May 21, 2014 (TMI)

Selangor state representatives Ng Sze Han, Lau Weng San, Rajiv Rishyakaran and Yeo Bee Yin call on the studies on the impact of the Kidex highway to be made public. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 21, 2014.Selangor state representatives Ng Sze Han, Lau Weng San, Rajiv Rishyakaran and Yeo Bee Yin call on the studies on the impact of the Kidex highway to be made public. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 21, 2014.Selangor should not agree to a controversial highway from Kinrara to Damansara until a traffic impact study justifies the toll expressway, say four assemblymen from the ruling Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government.

The proposed RM2.4 billion Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) has received the support of Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, much to the chagrin of his allies who say such projects only benefit Barisan Nasional cronies.

“The Selangor state government should not commit to the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway as we have yet to receive any Traffic Impact study that justifies such a massive skyway, forever altering the landscape of Petaling Jaya,” said the four DAP assemblymen.

The four are Rajiv Rishyakaran (Bukit Gasing), Yeo Bee Yin (Damansara Utama), Lau Weng San (Kampung Tunku) and Ng Sze Han (Kinrara), whose constituencies will be affected by the 14.9km elevated expressway, which is part of a federal government traffic dispersal plan for the Klang Valley.

They said they welcomed Khalid’s view for further engagement to listen to public opinion, and for government officials to adopt and adapt.

“However, these engagements must leave room for all possibilities, including the possibility of scrapping the highway if technical studies show that it is not beneficial to the residents of Petaling Jaya and other affected areas,” they added.

A banner put up by residents affected by the Kidex project in Petaling Jaya. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 21, 2014.A banner put up by residents affected by the Kidex project in Petaling Jaya. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 21, 2014.PR won the Selangor state government in 2008 and 2013 on the back of promises to consult the people and ensure only people-friendly projects in the country’s wealthiest and most-industrialised state.

In 2013, the coalition won 44 of the 56 seats in the state assembly, with PKR 14 while allies DAP and PAS have 15 each. But a year on, Khalid has been under attack for questionable decisions over water supply, land and highway projects.

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was to replace Khalid as menteri besar, but his plan to contest for the Kajang state seat was foiled by a court conviction, leaving his wife, party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to contest and win the seat. However, there is no confirmation she would get the post.

 

Despite the uncertainty, Khalid has sealed deals that appear contrary to his coalition’s agenda, including the Kidex concession which was given to a company owned by an Umno lawyer and the wife of former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi.

Kidex officials have agreed to brief affected residents of the proposed project, but a meeting ended in uproar last week as residents insisted that the meeting should not be regarded an official engagement under local
regulations.

The DAP assemblymen previously said that the project plans had yet to be filed to the local council or state authorities, and remained just proposals.

“We repeat the call for Kidex Sdn Bhd, the Malaysian Highway Authority and the Ministry of Works to come clean with the Traffic Impact Assessment and all other professional reports that justify the purported 20-30% decrease of traffic to Petaling Jaya and Puchong local roads with the construction of Kidex,” they said.

The four also said that besides traffic related studies, studies on the impact of the skyway on the existing property along the alignment must also be revealed.

“There are plenty of residents affected, and they deserve to understand the impact properly.

“Only with these reports being made public can there be proper and mature decision and ultimately decision. Until then, Selangor should not commit to Kidex,” the four said.

Yesterday, Khalid said it was impossible to cancel the construction of the highway as not only was it a federal government project, but also part of the state’s infrastructure development master plan.

“In this matter, even if we disagree, the traffic problems in the state will not be solved. And this being the case, we have to adapt and adopt with the expressway,” he said after launching the Selangor Structural Plan in Subang Jaya yesterday.

Residents in Petaling Jaya are objecting to the expressway as 3,784 lots would be are affected by a land-sale freeze. The developer has said that only 380 lots will be acquired.

The expressway will tower over houses, schools and some of the busiest highways in the Klang Valley, with a route that stretches from Kinrara, Puchong, in the south to Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, in the north. – May 21, 2014.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. najib manaukau permalink
    May 22, 2014 12:19 am

    Soon, very soon, every time you drive to somewhere you have to pay to go there at the rates these road tolls are introduced as rewards to the lackeys or should I say to the Umno schmucks’ proxies just to legitimize their take on the money these schmucks are taking from the country !
    Why don’t they just write out, to themselves, blank cheques whenever they need to ? They may not be able to do so right now because the country is heavily in debt but after the introduction of GST (Goons Survival Tax) they can and will I am sure they will and that is why it is called the ,Goons Survival Tax !

  2. najib manaukau permalink
    May 23, 2014 5:14 am

    I forgot to compare the maximum personal tax one has to pay with that of Malaysia that has GST (Goons Survival Tax) in place. The maximum personal tax in Singapore is around 16% even with 7% GST, not to mention that the first $20,000- a tax payer earns is tax free.
    And if that was the case in Malaysia thousands, if not million of tax payers will not end up paying their taxes. The deputy finance minister did not mention that when he proudly claimed that Malaysia is planning to introduce the lowest rate of GST.
    While in Malaysia the maximum personal tax is more than 50% with the introduction of the 6% GST. It is indeed a Goon Survival Tax and very soon one will end up paying almost 90% of one’s income as his or her taxes just so the schmucks can keep enriching themselves plus paying to their proxies all the untendered inflated bills. Above all paying the luxuries these Umno schmucks are giving to themselves and their wives ? Like a jet ever ready to transport them and the boxes of ill gotten wealth to foreign land without Remember an ex-PM of a neighbouring country that took with him 28 boxes of money when he was supposed to attend a UN meeting. Najib are you trying to leave behind a record of the number of pieces of luggage, if you have to travel on a commercial flight ?

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