Azmin pledges to be open about SUKE project


HULU KELANG: Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali has pledged that “nothing will be held back” from residents affected by the state government’s plans for the proposed Sungai Besi Ulu Kelang Expressway (SUKE).

The state government would be transparent in providing information and explanations to any party, he told reporters today.

Azmin said the state administration was open to meeting with representatives or affected residents over the project, which has raised criticism and public protests.

If there was a need for additional information, the relevant parties could step forward to help. “There is nothing which will be held back from the affected residents.”

The project calls for a 24.4km-long, elevated three-lane dual carriageway. It starts from Sri Petaling, and passes through Sungai Besi, Alam Damai, Cheras-Kajang, Taman Bukit Permai, Taman Putra, Taman Permai Jaya, Taman Dagang Permai, Taman Kosas, Ampang and Taman Hillview before exiting at Hulu Kelang.

Earlier this year, Azmin denied allegations that his state government had ignored civil society pleas over SUKE and another controversial highway, the Damansara Shah Alam Expressway (DASH).

There are fears of environmental damage to several forest reserves.

Azmin had said the accusations were unfair as the state government had adopted several recommendations made by critics.