I’m kind of pressed for time today so this topic is published as an open letter to Ben Yeoh, Chief Operating Officer of GCD Sdn Bhd.
Let me begin by refreshing your memory on a couple of events in recent weeks/months which are related in a way:
- On 18th January,2012 we submitted the fruits of a signature campaign for speed(road) bumps at the Jalan Telok Gong entrance. The letter from you to the Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK) was included in the blog post “Safety 101: Update” on the same day.
- On 6th February, 2012 the post “What’s happening” was about the appearance of a signboard concerning roadworks that are now underway. In this post I had wondered whether the upgrading of works will involve the provision of traffic lights. You replied to my question on 8th February. In addition to a yarn about the 10th Malaysia Plan, you stated the following: “I am not sure about the traffic lights in view of the new 10th Malaysia Plan upgrade of Jalan Teluk Gong coming up. For the time being, I would imagine that they will consider the speed bumps.” Your entire reply is in the blog.
MPK advised Guna that on the issue of road bumps we will have to deal with JKR so on Friday 2nd March, Guna and I trotted off to JKR, Daerah Klang armed with a letter from GCD to JKR signed by your Azman Esa. The person we wanted to meet was away but we did meet with someone from Bahagian Jalan who asked why are we bothering with the bonggol when we could have traffic lights. Huh? Say that again and he did.
Earlier today I obtained from JKR a copy of the letter it had written to GCD on 13th January, 2012 for the attention of Azman Esa and copied to you:
I’d grant that you probably did not get to see the JKR letter when you signed the letter to MPK on 17th January. However your reply on 8th February to my question on traffic lights that you are in the dark is rather misleading. You should have known by then that pursuant to para 3 of JKR’s letter, GCD is required to install traffic lights. The official I talked to added that this will not only apply to the CF on the road works but to all properties under construction within GCD. And why would Azman Esa write the letter to JKR last Friday when he, more than anyone else, should have known better that JKR is demanding traffic lights?
Ben, a little more honesty is required if GCD-GCROA are to deal in good faith.
Be it known to all that we now put GCD on watch for carrying out JKR’s requirement to install the traffic lights.