CARETAKER Selangor menteri besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari has denied any flip-flopping on the contentious Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD Link) project, stating that his actions have adhered to established procedures.
“I did not U-turn on anything. We have to follow procedures. We are an open and democratic government, not a single-minded one.
“This is not our project. It is under the federal government,” he told reporters after launching the Selangor General Insurance Scheme (Insan) Takaful at the Bangi Convention Centre today.
Amirudin added that the state government welcomed proposals on projects that benefit the public, especially highways and public transportation.
He urged PJD Link and other interested parties to come forward with alternative proposals that could better serve the public.
“This is not focused on PJD Link only. If PJD Link feels they are victims of the decision of the government and they can give a better (proposal), come to us and we will listen. How can we reject a project without listening first?
“If they have a proposal, we will go through the process again, which will have to include the environmental impact assessment, social impact assessment and traffic impact assessment,” he said.
Moreover, the highway project developer has to engage with the public, residents’ associations and local councils, according to Amirudin.
Furthermore, the caretaker Selangor MB highlighted the significance of the takaful version of Insan 2.0, which aims to provide alternative protection for Muslims in the state, building upon the success of the conventional Insan initiative that has benefited 5.2 million Selangor citizens since its launch last year.
He further noted that understanding the needs of Muslims in the state, Menteri Besar Selangor (Incorporated) is committed to providing alternative protection for them. – Aug 4, 2023
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