Dear YB Maria,
Hello YB Maria, I hope you are doing well. My name is Priscilla Ignatius and I am a resident in Section 4, Petaling Jaya. This assertion is in regards to the construction of the Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD LINK). It is clearly unequivocal that many residents in Petaling Jaya are unhappy of the proposed construction of the highway. It is submitted by PJD LINK SDN BHD that it would stimulate the economic growth of the country and as well as providing more job opportunities. Although these may seem rather advantageous, nonetheless there are many cons if the construction of the highway takes place. Such as it may cause an immense amount of noise pollution during the construction. I am a resident in Section 4, PJ, if the construction is approved, there would be a highway built right in front of the church of Assumption. This is a residential area and it would be a hindrance for the people in Section 4 and other parts in PJ if the construction takes place as we have to bear with the noise for three years. Moreover, it will not be only a nuisance for the residents in PJ, but it would also be a hindrance for the patients in Assunta Hospital which is right next to the Church of Assumption. Furthermore, the people in the church would not be able to worship in peace as the noise of the construction would be rather overpowering. Obviously, the church is not open right now due to the MCO but this is in a span of 3 years and with the vaccinations, things may go back to normal soon.
Moreover, if the highway is built, it is clear that there would be a decline in property value as many people would have a perception that living near a highway would be a nuisance. Lets say if the developer chooses to acquire ones land, they may be pressured to relocate. Even if they do relocate, it would possibly be under duress which is clearly not fair for these people of PJ just because a highway is built in a residential area. Furthermore, it also spoils the beauty and landscape of PJ which also contributes to the property values. Reason being is that thousands of trees would be chopped off and this destroys the exquisiteness of PJ. Climate change is indeed a pressing matter in today’s world and it is imperative that we do not allow anyone to chop down our trees. It would be rather selfish, unjust and inhumane to allow our trees getting chopped off and building highways in residential areas and as well in front of a hospital and a place of worship just to fill their pockets in an unethical and inequitable manner. This should not be tolerated. We are the stakeholders and I submit as a resident in Section 4, PJ that we would suffer a detriment if this highway is built. We hope that the Malaysian Highway Authority and MBPJ disapproves on the construction of this highway.
I urge you, YB Maria to help us and fight hard on this issue. You are the representative of our constituency in Parliament and if Parliament reconvenes, I hope you would be able to bring this issue on a national scale as we, the people in PJ highly oppose the establishment of the PJD LINK highway. I hope to hear from you soon and please let me know if there is any way I could contribute on this issue.
(A resident in Section 4, PJ)