The Federal Ministry of Lands will decide whether to go ahead with the project to expand the Jalan Yew-Jalan Sungai Besi flyover in Kuala Lumpur.
Concerns raised by stakeholders regarding the project will be considered in the deliberation, said Deputy Secretary General (Planning and Development) of the Federal Ministry of Lands, Datuk Ruzain Idris.
“The federal project was planned several years ago but has been delayed until now.
“The government sees the need to widen the road due to traffic congestion complaints along the section.
“In fact, we had launched an open tender and a contractor was appointed; the design of the project is also complete,” he said during a meeting with members of Jalan Yew Enlargement Action Committee in Bangunan Persatuan Chha Yong Fay Choon Kuan in Jalan Pasar, Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.
The Federal Ministry of Lands and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), he added, wanted to facilitate movement in the area.
“However, the project cannot proceed as there are concerns raised by stakeholders here,” Ruzain said.
The chairman of the Jalan Yew Enlargement Action Committee, Yong Pok Yau, said the committee, made up of 10 stakeholder groups, wanted the project scrapped.
“One of our main concerns is that if the road is widened, a multi-storey building will end up too close to the road.
“The proposed construction will be detrimental to the interests of Pudu Morning Market traders and surrounding business owners,” he said.
To prove its point, the committee showed pictures of abandoned shops next to Loke Yew roundabout in Kuala Lumpur and Jalan Kem in Port Klang, Selangor, explaining that business in these places had suffered considerably as a road main had been built too close to the buildings.
Stakeholders did not want commercial lots along Jalan Yew to share the same fate.
Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai said the committee highlighted 12 major concerns in a letter of objection to DBKL.
“However, these complaints did not reach the Federal Ministry of Lands because it seems that Ruzain sees the letter for the first time during the meeting.
“But now people’s concerns have been brought to the attention of the ministry and it is hoped that the road can remain as it is now.
“The bottleneck occurs at Kampung Pandan roundabout and traffic is blocked until overflight.
“But the Setiawangsa-Pantai expressway, Maju expressway and smart tunnel can help disperse traffic in the surrounding area,” he said, adding that the flyover does not need to be widened.
Stakeholders who attended the meeting included representatives of Pudu Wet Market traders, business owners, residents and a nearby mosque and temple.
Malaysian Hawkers and Traders Association Coalition chairman Datuk Rosli Sulaiman said the project was not timely because construction, which could take three years, would affect business owners.
“People’s livelihoods should be prioritized, especially as traders here recover from the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.