Selangor looks at a five prong plan to bolster its economy

TRANSIT member Peter forwarded this letter to us this morning and we share it with you.

Selangor looks at a five prong plan to bolster its economy
The Malaysian Insider
SHAH ALAM, March 4 — The Selangor state government has identified five initiatives that can help stimulate the economy said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Among the initiatives identified are to rehabilitate and clean Sungai Klang and set up housing development along the river and its reserves, enhance the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, upgrade and replace water assets after taking over the assets of Air Selangor by Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad (PAAB).

“The other two initiatives are to introduce development activities in towns and areas that have been abandoned in Petaling Jaya and Klang as well as restore abandoned housing projects or those that have not been completed,” Khalid told reporters after chairing an executive council meeting here today.

According to Khalid, the five initiatives can create investment opportunities top a tune of RM50 billion and provide 15,000 job opportunities in the future.

“The Selangor state government feels, the initiative will provide opportunities for Small and Medium Industries (SMI) that were seriously affected by the current global economic crisis,” he said.

TRANSIT says:

While it is good to hear that the State Government recognizes the importance of improved public transport, TRANSIT is concerned about the stated focus on the expansion of the LRT network in Selangor.

The previous administration made it clear that their goal was to extend the LRT to Klang and this was expressed within the Selangor Structural Plan – a document finished in 2003 and gazetted in 2006.

TRANSIT believes that the proposals in the Selangor Structural Plan (see this .pdf file showing the overall rail plan for MPSJ, MBSA and MPK areas) are out of date and unclear and must be properly reviewed.

We also stand by our belief that investments in the extension of the LRT service are only a part of the solutions that are needed for public transport.  While we are happy that the government is aware of public transport, their commitment must be to public transport (KTM, Bus and LRT) and not to LRT exclusively.

For that reason, we would prefer if the State Government look at the following:

  • Improving bus services in the state, following the example of the former Penang State Government’s proposed Bas Negeri Pulau Pinang which was later absorbed into RapidPenang.
  • Introducing bus-rapid transit routes on major roads and highways and at buying new coaches for the KTM Komuter service.
  • The extension of passenger service on the Kelana Jaya LRT line from Kelana Jaya LRT station to the Lembah Subang depot.

All of these are cheaper, lower-cost and quicker solutions for our public transport problems than the proposed LRT extensions.

Meanwhile, speaking of traders, bus and taxi operators in Klang Sentral who urged the Menteri Besar to stick to his decision of turning the Klang Sentral into a transportation hub for the Klang district, Khalid said he would meet Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK) on Friday to discuss the issue.

About 80 traders, bus and taxi operators, operating at the Klang Sentral, today submitted a memorandum urging the Menteri Besar to retain Klang Sentral and not bow to any attempt to shift the operations back to the old terminal because some are adamant to remain at the old terminal.

The memorandum was submitted to the Menteri Besar’s Political Secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad at the SUK Building lobby today. — Bernama

TRANSIT says:

Our view about Klang Sentral remains unchanged. We want both terminals – Klang north for a Federal Highway bus service and Klang Sentral for an NKVE bus service.  We also believe that there should be a Klang South terminal, in or near Bukit Tinggi, serving a 3rd bus service corridor (using the KESAS highway).

These 3 hubs would be connected by a Bus Rapid Transit system … buses operating in the centre lanes of the main roads linking north and south.

These ideas have been shared with the Klang MP and the State Government and the MBs office.

Slowly but surely, we hope to see a realistic solution to the issues at Klang Sentral and we will do our best to keep you up to date.

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