PETALING Jaya residents have started a crowdfunding campaign for a judicial review of the proposed Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD Link).
They are looking to collect RM100,000 to fund their legal move to get the traffic, environmental, and social impact assessment – TIA, EIA, and SIA – reports on the PJD Link from the authorities.
Sustainable PJ Association chairman Chakaravathi Thillainathan said their fundraising initiative started two weeks ago.
“So far, we have collected RM12,000 and we will continue until we reach our target.
“Our main aim is to look into the PJD Link project. We are in the midst of trying to acquire the documents through the judicial review,” he told The Malaysian Insight.
It was reported on July 10 that the Kuala Lumpur High Court had granted four Petaling Jaya residents leave to pursue the disclosure of documents on the proposed PJD Link.
The residents who filed their case on June 7 are commencing their judicial review to challenge the authorities’ refusal to hand over the project’s concession agreement and assessment reports.
Chakaravathi said the next case management should be in early October.
“Directions to fill the affidavits will be done in September.
“We are seeking to get the documents from Plan Malaysia Selangor, Selangor government, and relevant agencies.
“We want to study the documents and then file a fresh judicial review application in the event the project is approved.”
He said they had received complaints from residents on developments mushrooming in Petaling Jaya.
“We formed this association to take on the grouses of the people here. Residents can channel their issues to us.”
As for the crowdfunding, he said their association needed funds for the judicial review and for other residential activities.
“We want to organise talks and conduct activities on the importance of sustainability (for Petaling Jaya).
“We will also connect with all the residents’ associations here to have a good network of people.
“This is to support us in the event there are any future projects or proposals that are not suitable for Petaling Jaya.
“We want to help the residents bring their issues through the right channels so that they will be heard.”
In May, Petaling Jaya residents expressed opposition to the proposed PJD Link in an independent SIA survey.
The survey showed that 93.6% of respondents living along the proposed alignment from Bandar Utama to Bandar Kinrara in Puchong objected to the project.
Works Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi said the PJD Link concessionaire had yet to fulfil the conditions of the agreement.
He said the project received approval in principle from the federal government and policy approval from the Selangor government on September 30, 2020 before the concession agreement was signed on April 5 last year.
Caretaker Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari, however, said the state government has not given approval to the developers of PJD Link.
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July 26, 2023.