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KUCHING, Jan 19: Stop passing the buck for 7th Mile traffic issues to JKR Sarawak, says special assistant to Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Michael Kong.
Instead, he urged Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) to explore and work together with Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak on ways to alleviate the traffic congestion at the area due to the construction surrounding the flyovers there.
“After all, both JKR (Sarawak) and MPP are under the GPS government,” he said.
The traffic has worsened to the point that some cars would take more than 30 minutes to travel a mere five kilometre stretch along the route, and this was before the re-opening of schools.
On a daily basis, many residents of Jalan Stakan and Jalan Liu Shan Bang continue to experience heavy traffic despite the matter being brought to the attention of MPP.
Kong said he himself has written to MPP but MPP replied by pushing the responsibility of traffic lights along the two roads to JKR Sarawak.
“As the local council, it is the role of MPP to ensure there is proper planning for every township and proper measures to reduce the inconvenience caused to the public during the implementation of development projects,” he said in a statement today.
He thus urged the council to devise a masterplan for 7th Mile so that development can continue but not at the expense of the people. — DayakDaily