Sunday, May 29, 2016

Federal Government should not be keeping KIDEX alive as Selangor has given a definitive rejection in February 2015.

Media Statement by Rajiv Rishyakaran, Yeo Bee Yin, Lau Weng San and Ng Sze Han, ADUN for Bukit Gasing, Damansara Utama, Kampung Tunku and Kinrara on Sunday, 29th May 2016

The recent admission1 by Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof that Putrajaya is not only considering the Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD Link) but has also extended the Kinrara Damansara Expressway (Kidex) is unprofessional and unfair on the residents in Petaling Jaya.

After much deliberation, and to much anxiety to the residents in Petaling Jaya, the Selangor government set a definitive dateline of 14th February 2015 for Kidex to meet all the requirements, of which they have failed to do so.

Rightfully so, Menteri Besar Azmin Ali subsequently announced2 that Kidex is cancelled, and that put the rest one and a half year of anxiety by residents of Petaling Jaya. In line with this, Kidex was also not included in the recent amendment exercises to the Petaling Jaya Local Plan.

Putrajaya should not have extended the concession agreement of Kidex in light of the clear no from Selangor. In doing so Putrajaya has shown great disrespect to the Selangor Government and the people of Petaling Jaya.

Putrajaya should instead be working towards developing the 12 public transport routes as spelt out in the Selangor Transport Masterplan, a plan developed in consultation with Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD). Among the 12 proposed routes includes one route that uses the same airspace as both the Kidex and PJD proposals.

This is clearly the preference of Selangor, and developing public transport infrastructure should take priority in order to solve the traffic woes in Petaling Jaya and the Klang Valley. Minister Fadillah should stop furthering the interest of cronies and put an end to both Kidex and PJD proposals once and for all.

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