Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) Ignores Law and Resident Complaints - Allows Contractors to Work 24 Hours on SUKE highway

December 26, 2017

The peaceful days and nights of the residents living in Taman Bukit Segar Jaya, Ampang have been destroyed by the loud noise arising from the construction of the 31.8km Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE).

“We were told by our local councillor that they are only allowed to work until 6.30pm every day, but now we hear work going on past midnight,” said Taman Bukit Segar Jaya 2 & 3 Residents’ Association (BSJRA) President Yang Cheng Jaw.

“Even when the SPM examinations were going on, we pleaded to the contractor to minimise the noise but we were ignored,” he told reporters on Saturday (23 December).

Consequently, 15 residents filed police reports due to the continued nuisance in light of their proximity to one of the SUKE construction sites. BSJRA Vice President Kuah Ah Chai also called Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) to strictly enforce the permitted working hours.

“We have complained numerous times to MPAJ, but nothing is done. Sometimes the enforcement officers come but no action is taken.” Worse, this has been happening since three months ago.

“I am disappointed by MPAJ’s lack of response over the matter,” said Town Councillor Alice Tan, who plans to mediate between the residents and the road builder, Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas).

According to a statement from Prolintas, they looked into the construction site from where the load noise was emanating. They promised to install temporary noise barriers and gave assurance that work will only be done during the allotted time.

“The piling work is the most crucial element of construction and it will go on for the next three months. We will try to expedite it so that we can move to areas away from the residents. The subsequent construction activities will be much less uncomfortable.”

The three-lane SUKE begins in Sri Petaling and runs through Sungai Besi, Alam Damai, Cheras, Kajang and several communities before terminating in Ulu Kelang.


Image sourced from The Star.


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