Toll concessionaire Grand Saga has rebuild a concrete barricade to block a toll-free access road to the Cheras-Kajang Highway in Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC).The task of building the five-foot high wall across the double-lane accessroad started at about 1am and was completed by 3.30pm today.
Grand Saga executive director Zainal Abidin Ali had issued a statement at 5pm yesterday, vowing to rebuild the barriers within a week. The company claimed that the high court had ruled against an injunction to stop the building of barriers.
This move shows that Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim's effort to get all parties to resolve the long-standing problem within seven days has failed.
I happened to use the junction last weekend, on my way to Bandar Tun Hussien Onn. It was evident to me that the whole incident was not properly managed. Cars were making a beeline at the traffic light at the junction of BMC and BTHO.
After the barriers were removed, the road was not properly tarred and cars were trying to come out from the old trunk roads as well, ended up spilling over to the main road.
This continuing saga is a national shame for us. It is unfathomable why the most developed state in the country, Selangor, is still facing such an issue. At some point, I am sure the authority and stakeholders are able to sit down to find an amicable solution.
Taking action into our own hand is not going to benefit anyone, not the toll concessionaire, road users and the government. Scuffles between the two sides are bound to hurt someone someday. Allegations at the concessionaire using hired thugs to keep away residents from breaking the barricade must be seriously investigated by the police.
Malaysia is not a lawless country as portrayed. It is time to put a stop to this 'cat and mouse' game between Grand Saga and the residents.