Third ‘Say No to Dash’ rally to be held on March 20 (14.3.16)

SNTD 15 MARCH 16

The Say No To DASH (SNTD) group will hold its third protest rally against the construction of the Damansara Shah Alam Highway (DASH) at Metropolitan Square on March 20.

SNTD spokesman Mak Khuin Weng said the rally, which will start from 9am to 11am, would be attended by a “few hundreds” of disappointed residents from Damansara Perdana, as well as other highway protest groups such as “Say No to SUKE” (Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway).

“The rally is organised entirely by local residents who are not partisan with any political party.

“This initiative by the public is a testament of the disappointment residents have with both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan for failing to take heed of the public,” Mak said in a press conference held at Metropolitan Square.

The group also blamed Selangor state executive councillor, Elizabeth Wong, for not answering their queries on the project’s technical issues.

“We texted her but there is no reply from her. They (Selangor government) have never once engaged us on the technical steps behind the highway.

“Why are you keeping residents in the dark? How is this transparent and accountable governance?” Mak asked.

The group also invited Wong, who is also Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman, to attend the rally next week to speak with them.

Resident Alvin Tan said the group had texted Wong last Friday to notify her of the rally and will be sending an official invite soon.

“It comes back to empty promises and lip service by Elizabeth Wong. State government is doing the illegal thing. This has been proven again and again.

“If she really cares about her constituents, she will turn up (at the rally). If she doesn’t, she has forsaken us,” he said.

DASH will be a 20.1km, three-lane, dual carriageway expressway starting from Puncak Perdana in Shah Alam to the Penchala interchange.

The RM11.5 billion expressway plans to link drivers to Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong and the Sprint highway.

Residents in Damansara Perdana have opposed the highway’s alignment since 2012 as they claimed that the highway encroaches on public facilities in the area.

Source: The Sun Daily

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