The following letter was sent by Renji Sathiah, the Tanjung Bungah Residents Association chairperson, to the Penang Island City Council mayor and copied to the Penang JKR director:
YDP Dato’ Patahiyah binti Ismail,
I am writing to you regarding the construction of concrete pavements and railings in Tanjung Bungah.
Currently, this work is being done in the Jalan Pelang/Warbuton/Pakawali/Seaview field area. This is a
small and quiet residential area. The small field is directly bordered by single storey residential properties
on all sides.
The question is why is such a major pavement and railings project being carried out in this quiet neighbourhood? There is no vehicular or pedestrian traffic except for the local residents. Furthermore, the pavement construction is done in a way that the little green areas in front of the houses are removed and the railings block access to the small field as well as being unsightly.
The same work was done last year the small street, Jalan Cheah Phee Cheok on Tanjung Bungah hillside. The pretext was to replace the drains on the sides of the roads which were in good condition, needing minor repairs. As a result, green areas were cemented over with pavements ( never used by residents or others) and ugly useless railings placed all along the street along with new drains installed.
There is no justification for such work which is a serious waste of taxpayers money benefiting contractors at the expense of the residents. People living in Tanjung Bunch have had to put up with unreasoned overdevelopment in past years and they are most unhappy to see their neighbourhood further degraded.
We, the residents of Tanjung Bungah, would like to see this recent work stopped immediately and rectified.
We would like to see an investigation carried out on why the work was initiated, by whom and at what cost.
We insist on being consulted on any future projects of this kind.
I hope that YDP Dato’ will do the necessary to resolve this matter.
I am copying this email to Encik Ahmad Latiff, Pengarah of the JKR in Penang.
Dato’ Renji Sathiah
Tanjung Bungah Residents Association