Jan 19, 2011
PUTRAJAYA: Residents should consider the advantages of having the mass rapid transit (MRT) system in their housing areas.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the MRT would ensure the smooth movement of people in the city, especially with the ever-growing population of the Klang Valley.
“Instead of opposing the project, they should look at it positively as there are many advantages to having good public transportation at one’s doorstep.
“My ministry is also doing its part by providing the public with information on how the MRT system will benefit them,” he told reporters after witnessing the presentation of 309 vehicles, worth RM413mil to the Fire and Rescue Department yesterday.
Chor was asked to comment on the objections raised by residents of Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) in Kuala Lumpur against the proposed MRT.
Some residents claimed the project would turn their residential area into a “living hell” with non-stop traffic jams.
They claimed the MRT trains would create noise pollution while the pillars would be an eyesore during a dialogue with the Land Public Transport Commission (LPTC) recently.
Asked if the TTDI residents were being selfish, Chor said: “Maybe they objected because they don’t realise the advantages of the MRT.”
On the vehicles, Chor hoped more lives and property could be saved now the department is better equipped,
According to statistics, the number of “rescue calls” grew from 14,678 in 2006 to 24,669 last year.
In 2010, there were 29,341 reported fire incidents, where 89 people perished and which resulted in property losses valued at RM530.9mil.