Sunday, December 23, 2007

RESIDENTS IN DIRE NEED OF A BRIDGE - KALBANA PERIMBANAYAGAM ( MALAY MAIL )

Pandan Indah, 20 December 2007 - Residents of Taman Pandan Indah are flirting with danger every day as their children cross a busy road in Jalan Pandan Utama to reach a playground and schools on the opposite side.

Yesterday, some 20 parents and residents gathered in front of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council’s field to express their concern. Hasnita Abdul Rahman, a 38-year-old teacher who was at the gathering, said she fears for her two children when they walk to their school daily.

“Though they are grown up and are able to cross the road on their own, I feel the traffic there is too dangerous for them.

“There have been three cases along the stretch involving two teenagers and an old man and I always fear for my children’s safety, ” she said.

Hasnita said the road is not only used by young children, but by many residents in the neighbourhood.

“Sometimes housewives and commuters of public transport cross the road to get to the mar- ket and bus stop,” she added. Another resident, Mohammed Taib Ismail, 40, shares the same sentiment and said that the MPAJ should help the residents by building a pedestrian bridge.

“It is the norm to see signs asking the public to use a pedestrian bridge rather than crossing at one’s own risk, especially on busy roads, but we don’t have a bridge here,” he said.

He said with a pedestrian bridge, the residents will be less worried about their children. Pandan Community Service Cent re ’s director Iskandar Abdul Samad, who had arranged for a Press conference, said he is worried for the safety of the residents, especially the children who use the road daily.

“There is an urgent need for a pedestrian bridge.” He also suggested that if the council could not build a pedestrian bridge, the least they could do is put a zebra crossing with a signal light to enable the children and residents to cross the road safely.

Iskandar drafted a formal letter regarding the pedestrian bridge which was submitted to the council officer yesterday.

He hopes that the council will give serious consideration to the proposal since lives are at stake.