Above: Video article by Malaysian Insight
Below: Press statement by ScRAP (Stakeholders cum Residents Against PJD Link)
Date: 25 November, 2023
Title: The People of Petaling Jaya and Kinrara Demand Firm and Total Stop to the PJ Dispersal Link
The residents of Petaling Jaya have conducted recent checks, which included enquiries at
PLANMalaysia, and established that the highway developer and concessionaire has in recent times re-submitted a Social Impact Assessment report, which was last said to have ‘failed to meet requirements’, and then led the Menteri Besar Selangor, Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari, to scrap the project, as he announced on 31 July, 2023.
The residents and stakeholders of Petaling Jaya and Kinrara wish to remind the Menteri Besar that respondents to 27 out of 31 Focused Group Discussions conducted by the developer’s SIA
consultants between Dec, 2022 and Mar, 2023 have objected to the urban, tolled elevated highway.
The Petaling Jaya People’s Independent Survey endorsed by 17 Residents Associations / JMBs /
MCs / NGOs and Pn Maria Chin (former P105 MP Petaling Jaya) run between Feb and April, 2023
has also returned a result of 93.4% strongly against the project.
Quoting a speech given by Dato’ Seri Amirudin at the Jelajah Harapan Selangor on 23 July, 2022, if PJD Link:-
a) “has failed to rectify or correct the issues and complaints related to Kidex”,
b) “is still following and is very similar to the Kidex proposal”,
c) “masih menimbulkan masalah kepada penduduk”,
d) “masih menimbulkan keresahan kepada penduduk”,
e) “masih membawa masalah kepada penduduk”, and
f) “is certainly rejected by and is against the will and harapan of the majority of PJ people”,
then “the State government will not accept and will reject the development of PJD Link”.
The people of Petaling Jaya and Kinrara reiterate that PJD Link is not only “still following and is
very similar to the Kidex proposal”, it is actually far worse than Kidex.
As Petaling Jaya gets even more densely built up over the intervening years, the elevated structures of PJD Link, apart from displacing homes and running very close to existing homes, offices and religious precincts that remain, are even taking away two acres of the grounds of an established school in Petaling Jaya to build a toll plaza.
As conveyed in a Memorandum sent to the Menteri Besar on 8 March, 2023, the residents and
stakeholders take the firm stance of strong and unanimous resistance against the elevated highway because it will cause irreparable damage to the environment, plunge values of properties, plus instead of helping to ease traffic within the city, will bring chaos and precipitate jammed traffic hotspots, especially at and near the ingress / egress ramps.
As a matter of truth, despite many disingenuous claims made by the developer on their website and in the Press, PJD Link does not connect directly to many existing highways; instead the connections are designed to run via local roads, a most undesirable reversal of road hierarchy.
And it certainly does not offer any direct connectivity at all to existing LRT / KTM stations.
The Petaling Jaya and Kinrara people reiterate that we are far from being ‘appeased’, a condition stated by the Menteri Besar himself in his subsequent statement issued on 1 August, 2023.
The people of Petaling Jaya and Kinrara demand that the Menteri Besar shall not approve the PJD Link highway by any measure in view of the objections of the majority, and under no circumstances should even consider any resubmissions by the developer owing to the fact that the problems and issues related to Kidex that led to its cancellation in February, 2015 were never resolved, and cannot possibly be resolved.
By The Residents and Stakeholders of Petaling Jaya and Kinrara
We wish to share this important announcement from Stakeholders cum Residents Against PJD Link (ScRAP):
Attention all Residents, Stakeholders and Members of The Press:
Recent checks at PLANMalaysia Selangor have confirmed that PJD Link has made a resubmission of the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report which was last found to have not met requirements. This led to the 31st July announcement by MB Selangor that the PJD Link highway project had been scrapped.
On record, 83% of the respondents who attended the "Focused Group Discussions" conducted by the developer's consultants objected against the tolled highway. The PJ People's own
survey (independant SIA) also showed 93% were strongly against this urban intrusion.
The people of Petaling Jaya and Kinrara demand to know more from the state government and the developer , what is actually happening behind the scenes.
Stakeholders cum Residents Against PJD Link (ScRAP), Persatuan Petaling Jaya Lestari (PPJL which now owns the platform and hosts the website of Say No To PJD Link), and Kinrara Residents Against PJD Link (KRAP) are co-organising a Press Conference for this purpose.
Date: Saturday 25/11/2023
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Venue: Persatuan Penduduk 14/1 - 14/15, RA Cabin, Jalan 14/6, Sec 14, Petaling Jaya.
We shall also utilise the opportunity to:
1. Update the latest status on the ongoing legal action taken by Residents of Petaling Jaya and Kinrara
2. Have a Q&A session.
Your attendance will greatly help to uphold the People's voices of resistance against an unwanted life-disrupting massive urban infrastructure, plus maintain pressure on our governments to practice transparency and accountability.
c/o No 47A, Jalan SS2/30, 47300 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
David Yoong (Chairman).
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