This posting, Satu Lagi Projek Barisan Nasional in the blog of Subang Jaya ADUN Hannah Yeoh caught the attention of TRANSIT today – not to mention the attention of a few other people.
I have just been informed by several community leaders in Subang Jaya that MCA Kelana Jaya Division led by Mdm Ong Chong Swen is organising a consultation session with resident reps in her office on information pertaining to the LRT route provided by the Ministry of Transport. Since last year, we have been calling on the LRT concessionaire (Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd) and the Ministry of Transport to provide MPSJ with the proposed LRT route. To date, my office and MPSJ has yet to receive any news from them. This is despite official letters and even a public briefing for the residents which was organized by residents with my office. We have been kept waiting for months to hear of anything from Prasarana and the Ministry of Transport.
In the absence of a clear plan, it is amazing to see what will end up happening. Because of this lack of transparency by the government and Prasarana, the details of a project that would improve public transport are hidden from view and politicians start to dig their teeth in to gain political mileage.
Where is the attention to the needs of the rakyat here? It seems that people have forgotten this.
We need better public transport for the whole Klang Valley and that will not be accomplished by bringing two LRT lines to Putra Heights (or Shah Alam or some other suburban community).
What we need is better, more integrated public transport at all levels – especially “rapid transit” – and we need it fast.
What we do not need is dark clouds and politics. As a resident of Subang Jaya, I am disappointed to see the LRT project turning into a political issue. What we really need is an open, honest and transparent planning system that will give us the best public transport network.
For those who are worried about secret backroom planning, please see our previous posting about the LRT extension. Laws exist to protect the interests of the rakyat. It would be nice if the wakil rakyat started paying attention to the interests of the rakyat instead of their own interests.