Residents question silence from elected reps over revival of axed highway
Most have not responded to concerns about the PJD Link, which critics say will displace long-time residents and businesses and increase noise pollution along with other environmental and health hazards.
Residents in Petaling Jaya opposed to a plan to bring back an axed highway project have questioned the lack of support from several elected representatives whose areas will be among the worst affected.
For several weeks, protest has been growing against the plan to proceed with the Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD Link), the routes of which are similar to the controversial Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex), scrapped in 2015 by then-Selangor menteri besar Mohamed Azmin Ali following strong public pressure.
But apart from Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah, there has been little noise from politicians to lend weight to these protests.
“So far, only Maria has made her objection to the proposed highway; others are either elegantly silent or ambivalent,” said Josh Hong, a resident from Section 17 – one of the areas that will be affected by the 34km elevated highway.
Checks by MalaysiaNow showed residents putting up banners to protest the PJD Link at major landmarks including the Federal Highway.
Many residents have also hung banners proclaiming “No PJD Link” outside their homes.