Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Cat and Mouse Game

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.


Anonymous said...

Big issue...Of course, the part which you forgot or is it glossed over is the part where government thugs stood by while citizens were walloped by so called gangsters. This is no longer about roads. This is about a police force that willfully refuses to obey the law. Unless you are saying that it's legal to wallop people.

Then again it's hard to expect better from a Gerakan member. Set your own house in order before telling the rest of us what to do.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Dear Anon,

Don't worry, if you keep demonstrating this type of attitude it will not be long before you get booted out by your party.

You are no different from the hardcore UMNO members and supporters who won't take any criticism.

I guess you are just a young punk trying to make a mark on the blogsphere. And you have just made a lousy scar for yourself.

Gerakan members and leaders are able to handle what happened to their party. Please stop making silly assumption.

Anonymous said...


you ae right. this is not an issue of political parties. more importantly, get it right and the priority must be the citizens and not fat cat corporates.
its getting ridiculous with residents alledging that thugs are used to oversee the constrcution of the barricade. a mere denial by Grand Saga is not good enough as it begs the question as to the reason for the presence of these "thugs".