Saturday, May 12, 2012

BN promised but PR delivers

Some of you may remember this promise made by Barisan Nasional just before the General Elections in 2008 for a pedestrian bridge to be built over Persiaran Kewajipan. Click here to read the news article. 4 years went by and despite more than 1000 signatures collected and submitted by devotees of Subang Jaya Buddhists Association and Kuil Sri Varatharajah Perumal, JKR Federal replied with no good news. 

I went to see JKR Selangor and after writing in to them, I received news that JKR Selangor would be building the much needed pedestrian bridge using state allocation. Below are the details:-

Projek: Membina Jejantas Pejalan Kaki di Persiaran Kewajipan SS14, Subang Jaya, Daerah Petaling, Selangor

Harga Kontrak: RM 1,352,213.15

Peruntukan: Kerajaan Negeri Selangor
                   P12 0209 2090000 01004
                   (Meningkatkan Aspek Keselamatan Jalan Raya Seluruh Selangor)

Tarikh Mula: 27 Disember 2011

Tarikh Siap: 24 Disember 2012

Kontraktor: Aminsa Bina Sdn Bhd

Jenis Tender: Tender Terbuka

On Wesak Day this year, our Dato' Menteri Besar launched the ground breaking ceremony of the pedestrian bridge.

Article in The Star - Devotees relieved as pedestrian bridge begins to take shape

DEVOTEES of Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA) and Sri Varatharajah Perumal Temple at SS13, Subang Jaya, can now breathe a sigh of relief as the construction of a pedestrian bridge across Persiaran Kewajipan has begun.

The good news was announced by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim during Wesak Day celebrations at SJBA on Saturday.

The state government has allocated RM13.5mil [note: it should be RM1.35mil] to the Selangor Public Works Department (JKR) for the project, after a fruitless wait by the devotees for the federal JKR to build the bridge.

“It will be completed on Dec 24 this year,” Khalid said.

Preparation for the construction started last December and piling works have already been completed.

The contractor for the project is Aminsa Bina Sdn Bhd.

SJBA president Chim Siew Choon said they were promised the pedestrian bridge before March 2008, and they were shocked when they discovered that the project did not materialise.

“We submitted 1,600 signatures to the Works Ministry but received no reply,” he said.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh said the federal JKR cited lack of funds as the reason for not building the bridge.

“It said it would try to apply for funds in the next Malaysia Plan.

“It also said the signalised pedestrian crossing at the Kewajipan interchange at the Shah Alam Expressway (Kesas) was sufficient, but we found it was too dangerous,” she said.

Yeoh said Khalid was invited to the site and subsequently, the state government approved the funds for the bridge to be built in front of SJBA.

She added that besides ensuring the safety of the pedestrians, who had to risk their lives trying to cross the 10-lane Persiaran Kewajipan, the bridge would also help reduce traffic congestion in the area.

During the press confeference, Khalid added that a 929 sq m plot of land near SJBA had been reserved for a Sikh temple, the first in Subang Jaya.

At the press conference with our Dato' Menteri Besar (pic courtesy of KL Loke)

Ground breaking ceremony with Mr Chim Siew Choon, President of SJBA 
(pic courtesy of KL Loke)

Meeting residents of Subang Jaya on Wesak Day (pic courtesy of KL Loke)

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