Sunday, May 4, 2008

Minibuses and car park mooted to end woes - The Star

May 3, 2008 - By STUART MICHAEL

SELAYANG MP William Leong has suggested that a minibus service be started and another car park area be built to solve the traffic woes in Taman Selayang Jaya.

Leong said this at a press conference at his service centre in Taman Selayang Jaya in response to the article “Selayang Jaya a cowboy town” – about traffic congestion in the area – in StarMetro on April 22.

“Cars are double- and triple-parked along Jalan SJ1, SJ3, SJ6, SJ14 and SJ17 here because the community is growing and there are not enough car parks.

“And, this had been happening before the recent general election – before we took over. If this is a cowboy town, then who is the sheriff? We need to check on this matter and see who is responsible.

Cause for concern: Cars double- and triple-parked along Jalan SJ17 in Taman Selayang Jaya.

“We are not here to find fault with the previous government but to come up with solution. So, we are looking into providing a minibus service to ease the burden of the housewives and other residents here,” Leong said, adding that many housewives visited the township to buy groceries and run their errands at a few banks located there.

Leong added that there was an open space in Jalan SJ3 next to the Taman Selayang Jaya market, and they would speak to the owner about making it a public car park.

“As for hawkers here who place tables in the car park, they do it late at night and it has not affected any businesses in the area,” he said.

Safe: Leong (far right) at his service centre in Taman Selayang Jaya with the maid and two children who were targeted in the failed kidnap attempt.

Leong also said there had been an attempted kidnap on April 25 at the town centre.

He said a maid was walking along Lorong 18 at 6.30pm, pushing an 11-month-old baby in a pram and with a five-year-old girl in tow, when a man tried to grab the baby but failed.

A report was lodged at the Gombak district police headquarters the same day.

“I believe that there are many reported cases of missing children and it has become a trend.

“I advise parents in the area to be more alert when they are out with their children, even when they are just taking them for a walk,” he said.

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