Gerakan: Something is fishy about DASH (22.3.16)

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The Selangor government’s silence towards queries raised by the people regarding the Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (DASH) construction could imply that something “fishy” is taking place, Selangor Gerakan Chairman David Ang Chin Tat said.

Ang pointed out that Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali had previously pledged in the state assembly that public views and needs would be prioritised in all highway projects in the state.

“However, the state government now appears adamant to carry on with the highway project, refuses to meet local residents and ignores all calls and messages.

“Does that mean something fishy is going on within the state government that it has to play hide-and-seek with the local residents?” he asked in a press statement.

The Gerakan deputy treasurer also said the “Say No to Dash” (SNTD) group had attempted to contact Selangor Exco member Elizabeth Wong many times, but had failed.

“SNTD had many times sent invitation letters, memoranda, calls and messages urging Wong to explain the progress on DASH, but all efforts were in vain. Wong has somehow mysteriously disappeared from public sight.”

SNTD committee member Mak Khuin Weng said the proposed DASH expressway was being constructed over the Sungai Buloh Forest Reserve. The state Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has proposed that the forest reserve status be lifted for this purpose last week.

“It (Selangor state government) did it despite dozens of environmental groups writing in to protest.

“The BN government is not the one trying to de-gazette the forest reserve. Instead, it is the Pakatan government that’s doing this. In fact, it (Pakatan) is the one doing the land acquisition too.”

He was disappointed with Wong, saying she had previously promised to speak out for the residents regarding the highway.

“Did it (Pakatan Harapan) not tell voters that if it was voted into power, it would ensure reforms and justice?

“Did it not promise transparency and accountability?”

FMT had attempted to contact Wong, but was not successful.

DASH is to be a 20 km, three-lane, dual carriage expressway, starting from Puncak Perdana in Shah Alam and ending at the Penchala interchange.

With 12 interchanges, the expressway is proposed to link to the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong and Sprint highways.

Source: FMT

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