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Flyover from KL Sentral to Jln Damansara opens tomorrow

THE flyover from KL Sentral to Jalan Damansara and the Mahameru Highway will open tomorrow as announced by the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Raja Nong Chik said the flyover was part of Package 2 of the RM110mil Brickfields traffic dispersal system under the Government Stimulus Package.

“The road that was completed on schedule will only allow motorists to exit the KL Sentral area,” Nong Chik said, adding that there will be traffic wardens to guide vehicles.

The access road to the flyover is through Jalan Stesen Sentral 5 near the Quill 7 building.

Nong Chik said Package 3 which involved upgrading Jalan Tun Sambanthan was in progress.

He also said reverting Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad in Brickfields to a two-way road had been put on hold due to requests by non-governmental organisations.

“These groups voted for the change previously but now they want to put the move on hold until all work in the area is complete to avoid traffic chaos.

“Then we will assess the situation again,” Nong Chik said.

He added that Kuala Lumpur City Hall was in the final stages of planning a way to overcome congestion in Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad.

“One of the suggestions is to create a contra flow along Jalan Tun Sambanthan for buses and taxis only,” Nong Chik said.

Source: The Star


No more banners in KL

THE ban on banners and bunting in the Bangsar township has now gone citywide, as Kuala Lumpur City Hall will soon extend the ruling to cover the federal capital following a directive from the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry.

To curb the spreading of commercial banners, bunting, flyers and stickers in Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidn said he had directed City Hall to ban the banners after receiving feedback from the KL-ites.

“Lembah Pantai residents have been particularly vocal about the proliferation of these banners especially in areas like Bangsar and I agree with them that it has indeed become a nuisance,’’ Raja Nong Chik said, adding that he wanted the ruling to include other areas as well.

Nong Chik also advised residents to pull down illegal banners and bunting in their neighbourhoods.

As for the ‘legal’ ones; he said that it was the responsibility of the owners of the banners to bring them down when they no longer served their purpose instead of just leaving them the site.

Yesterday Star Metro reported that banners, bunting, flyers and stickers promoting products and services will soon be banned in Bangsar.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall deputy director-general (services) Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said the local authority was in the midst of studying the feasibility of banning such banners and initially the rule would be enforced in Jalan Maarof, Bangsar.

Amin said City Hall would not issue licences for new banners and no renewal for those that had yet to expire.

The move was made after getting feedback from residents associations and rukun tetangga in the city that have been pushing DBKL to stop the issuance of licences to companies who put up banners and buntings.

“It is no secret that the local authority has been fighting a losing battle against illegal banners and buntings that are being put up at every nook and corner in the city, that’s why we have been helping DBKL bring these ‘eyesores’ down,’’ said a disgruntled Bangsar resident.

Bangsar has become a hotbed for advertisers who put up all sorts of banners on poles, streetlights, traffic lights, trees and mailboxes.

The situation got so bad last year that a serial bunting slasher started going around Bangsar vandalising banners.

For the past several months many banners along Jalan Maarof, Jalan Bangsar, Jalan Ara and Lucky Garden have been slashed into two.

The slasher was regarded by some residents as a sort of vigilante-cum-Robin Hood character who was helping DBKL clean up the township of the unsightly bunting, but as time went by, the torn bunting were not removed and left hanging in tatters.

Outdoor Advertising Association of Malaysia (OAAM) past president Datuk George Frederick said he fully supported Raja Nong Chik’s decision in banning banners and buntings in the city.

“I agree with Raja Nong Chik on this. The people in the industry must learn how to self-regulate. They must understand the aesthetics and the environment that go with the business,’’ he said, adding that DBKL must also do regular enforcement to rid the city off these rubbish.

Another industry player who wished to remain anonymous said: “ Views of the residents should be taken with concern as past conduct of such activities is testimony of how unregulated the banners and buntings has inconvenienced residents,’’ he said.

“Bunting have always been restricted to government campaigns, in DBKL however, approvals of such activity for commercial leaves a lot to be desired,’’ he added.

Source: The Star Online

Raja Nong Chik Confident Poverty Eradication Target Achievable

MIRI, April 5 (Bernama) — Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin is confident that the poverty eradication target for urban areas can be achieved this year.

He said a total of RM19,894,800 had been allocated under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) to achieve the target through various programmes under his ministry.

He said these included the Housing Aid Programme with an allocation of RM7.4 million, Housing Rent Aid programme (RM4.165 million) and Capacity Building programme (RM3 million).

“They also include the Income Generation programme amounting to RM4.665 million, and the Mind Development programme amounting to RM600,000,” he told reporters after presenting the Urban Wellbeing Aid to 154 residents, here Tuesday.

At the aid presentation ceremony, 50 students received schooling aid of RM50 while 100 people received the Urban Wellbeing Aid of RM100 in the form of daily food and four others were given aid of RM5,000 each to repair their homes.