By JADE CHAN
RESIDENTS in Taman Puteri Subang are concerned about their safety and those of the motorists who ply the roads in their housing area due to the faulty streetlights in the Shah Alam neighbourhood.
According to residents association committee member Ong Kong Soon, most of the streetlights along Persiaran Galaksi, as well as several along Persiaran Angkasa and Jalan Sungai Buloh, have been faulty for the past six months.
“Each time I lodge a complaint with the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), one or two streetlights would be repaired, but not the others,” said Ong.
Residents association chairman Mohd Khairy Buyong said there had been frequent accidents and snatch theft cases due to the poor visibility on the roads.
In the dark: Residents said there was an urgent need to repair the streetlights to reduce accidents and snatch thefts.
“There would be an accident at least once a week, mostly involving motorcycles.
“I’ve been informed of schoolchildren having their bags snatched in the early morning or evening.
“The vehicles also travel quite fast, especially from Persiaran Galaksi heading towards Jalan Sungai Buloh, where there is a slope and a bend,” he said.
Khairy said the reflective strips on the roads and the paint on the speed breakers had faded over time, making it more dangerous for motorists.
In addition to repairing the street- lights and reflective strips, he suggested that the MBSA place more speed breakers, as well as traffic lights at the Persiaran Galaksi and Persiaran Angkasa junction.
MBSA public relations officer Shahrin Ahmad said the streetlights were faulty due to an underground cabling problem.
“Repair work for the streetlights along Persiaran Angkasa are being carried out right now, and are expected to be completed by the end of this month.
“We are also looking for a contractor to repair those along Persiaran Galaksi,” he said.
On the faded reflective strips and paintwork, Shahrin said he would get the relevant department to check on the matter and get them repaired if necessary.