Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 3rd of September, 2016
Tweet @PetrajayaMP with Hashtag #JalanBesar to ask the Minister of Works, Fadillah Yusof to upgrade the road infrastructure along Jalan Besar, Seri Kembangan
Many drivers who have to drive through Seri Kembangan and the Mines Shopping Center would know of the horrific traffic situation, especially at the interchange between Jalan Besar and the BESRAYA highway.
The horrible traffic situation is a result of bad planning and poor coordination by the various local, state and federal agencies before 2008. My colleague, state assembly representative of Seri Kembangan and Selangor state exco, Ean Yong Hian Wah, has tried to address the situation as best as he can via the Jalan Besar One Way Loop that was funded entirely by the state government. But the bottlenecks remain as shown in the waze screenshot below.
Figure 1: Waze Screenshot at 618pm on the 15th of March, 2016 showing the traffic congestion along Jalan Besar, Jalan Serdang Perdana and BESRAYA highway
With the help of students from the Communications and Media School, Portman College, I made a short 4 minute video to explain the existing traffic problems along Jalan Besar which can be viewed on youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAFBKCk58eE.
As I explain in the video, a series of infrastructure upgrades are needed including the upgrade of the Jalan Besar-BESRAYA interchange near the Mines Shopping Mall, the widening of two bridges (one over the ERL and KTM tracks near South City Plaza and one over the PLUS North South Highway) and the possibility of building a flyover from Serdang Perdana to BESRAYA.
This kind of large scale infrastructure upgrades can only be achieved with funding from the federal government, specifically, the Ministry of Works. This kind of project also requires the approval of various ministries (such as the Ministry of Transportation) and agencies (such as the National Highway Authority or Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia). As such, I am calling on the users of Jalan Besar and voters in Serdang to tweet the Minister of Works, Fadillah Yusof, @PetrajayaMP with the hashtag #JalanBesar to tell him how much they want this project to be approved.
Finally, I would like to thank Ernie Chan, President of Portman College and the students who participated in this project for their cooperation and hard work in making this video.
Dr. Ong Kian Ming
Member of Parliament for Serdang