PETALING JAYA: The chairman of a coalition against the Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD Link) has called on works minister Fadillah Yusof to explain how the proposed elevated highway was approved in principle when another similarly controversial project was scrapped.
Sheikh Moqhtar Kadir said the PJD Link was merely a rebranding of the Kinrara Damansara Expressway (Kidex) that was cancelled in 2015 and removed from the Selangor State Structural Plan 2035 by the state government.
“Based on this, why did the ministry not exclude PJD Link from the Malaysia Highway Authority’s Highway Network Development Plan (HNDP) 2030?” said Moqhtar, the chairman of the Coalition Against PJD Link Highway, in a statement.
“How was PJD Link given its approval in principle when Kidex was to be removed from the Selangor State Structural Plan 2035?”
He noted that menteri besar Amirudin Shari had “confirmed (Kidex’s) rebranding” at a PKR political bureau meeting last September.
After the meeting, he said, Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, who was then PKR’s communications director, remarked that “Amirudin said the PJD Link proposal was brought forward by a private company to replace the Kidex highway plan, which was Putrajaya’s initiative”.
Moqhtar said the coalition was seeking Fadillah’s consideration to review the validity of the PJD Link’s concession agreement since the minister had acknowledged the cancellation of Kidex in Parliament in 2016.
His statement comes a day after Fadillah met with representatives of “Say No To PJD Link”, a group of Selangor residents against the planned highway, to assure them that the project would have to get the state government’s nod, and approval by the works ministry, before going ahead.
Fadillah also said the developer of the proposed project would have to submit the project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA), traffic impact assessment (TIA) and social impact assessment (SIA) by next April.
The project was approved in principle by the Cabinet on Nov 12, 2017, and by the Selangor government on Sept 3, 2020.