SHAH ALAM, Jan 12, 2016:
The Barisan Nasional (BN) government had done a better job in planning the infrastructure during its administration in Selangor compared with the current state administration under PKR, said a representative opposing the building of several highways.
Social activist Mak Khuin Weng, who spoke on behalf of residents, said the BN government had at least complied with the law in calling for open meetings to get feedback from the ground.
““When BN did the first structure plan between 2002 and 2006, the process was to hold an open meeting where the media can cover and report. The feedback was open. That was the way before.
“After the feedback was made, the Selangor government would write a letter to confirm that they have received the criticisms and would make adjustments in the planning of the structures,” he said during a press conference at the Darul Ehsan building here today.
He said this after hearing complaints and responses from residents who were against the construction of the Damansara-Shah Alam Highway (DASH) and the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang (SUKE) highway, which were made by Selangor’s City and Town Planning Department.
However, Mak said the procedures that had been practised all the while were no longer being followed by the Selangor government who he said appeared friendlier to the concessionaires than the residents.
“Now, the process is not transparent and they only ask the residents to come and take their seats and talk without giving any answers or letters … there is nothing.
“We will not know what goes on in the planning of the structures. This is why the residents are worried as this is the fourth time we have come here on a working day to listen to the same thing,” he lamented.
Another resident, Faisal Fadzil, said he was disappointed as he was not informed of the plans that were currently under way, apart from the ramifications of the development.
He explained that the state government had failed to show its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) at the areas involved as the residents’ protests had fallen on deaf ears.
“We are the residents. Are our protests less important than the interests of large companies such as Prolintas that will make money for 65 years as the concessionaire?
“The letters issued by the Selangor government say ‘kejujuran‘ (honesty) and ‘ketekunan‘ (diligence) but this is not evident,
“If they cannot answer our calls, I think they should do away with these words. It’s a waste of paper.
“We want the honesty and diligence for the residents and not protection of large companies.”