I refer to your article entitled “Kidex talks: All ears but no results”. I would like to set the record straight regarding the meeting SNTK (Say No To Kidex) committee had with Works Minister Fadillah Yusof.
We met Fadillah at the Works Ministry on July 3. The meeting was a good one: the minister opened his doors and listened to our concerns.
Fadillah showed the SNTK team the historical and chronological development of the processes taken towards the initial groundwork laid for the privatised highway.
He directed us to write in to him personally, listing all our concerns on the demerits of the (Kidex) skyway as perceived by Petaling Jaya residents.
These concerns involved the flawed alignment of the proposed Kidex skyway, its proximity to schools and religious buildings, and the absence of direct links to a few of the existing highways as claimed by Kidex (Sdn Bhd) in its promotional materials and website, but is actually linked to existing residential roads thereby possibly pouring in more traffic and causing aggravated choked points, the noise and pollution violations, the socio-economic impacts, as well as the damage to environment and livability conditions of Petaling Jaya, a town built since the early 50s.
Fadillah made a commitment that he will forward our concerns to his technical teams for further studies and evaluation.
SNTK also took the opportunity to urge the Works Minister to ensure that afair, and transparent public opinion survey will be conducted towards meeting one of the conditions precedent for the final approval of the skyway.
SNTK informed Fadillah that to-date, 16 Residents Associations/Rukun Tetangga organisations representing neighbourhoods immediately adjacent to the alignment of the skyway – comprising 30,000 plus residents – have signed letters under coordination of SNTK, to confirm they have not been consulted by the developer on the construction of the proposed skyway, and further take a common stand of objection against it.
David Yoong is secretary, SNTK pro tem committee.