KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has been asked to explain what he stands to gain by a sudden decision for a two-hour parking limit in central Kuala Lumpur beginning this month.
The MP for Segambut, Lim Lip Eng, asked why Tengku Adnan was “so interested in helping parking meter operators make a quick buck”.
Yesterday Tengku Adnan announced that parking would cost RM2 for the first hour and RM3 for the second from July 16, with a two-hour limit in the central business district. Areas affected include Bukit Bintang, Imbi, KLCC, Bangsar, Sri Hartamas and Kepong.
He said the new policy would ease traffic congestion. Vehicles parked over the time limit would be clamped and towed to the city depot.
Lim said Tengku Adnan “must explain what he stands to gain” from this “rushed policy”.
He said news reports today showed that traders’ associations, shop owners, and members of the public in the area had not been told before-hand, nor discussions held by Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
Residents and shop-owners should first be told about any studies that were carried out. Those who needed to park for more than two hours should be given alternatives.
The new rates represented a drastic increase of 150 percent and 275 percent respectively, and he suggested that residents and business-owners be given exemptions from the time limit, with rates discounted to previous levels.
Lim said the city should have waited for the completion of the new mass rail transit project before imposing new traffic rules as it was likely the MRT would reduce congestion.