All Federal Infrastructural Projects Temporarily Suspended


SHAH ALAM, 21 FEB: All Federal Government infrastructural projects in Selangor, such as roads and buildings, have been temporarily suspended.

The decision was made by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in response to the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision today in the case of two automatic enforcement system (AES) camera poles which were installed on the highway in Sepang.

“… Development permissions given to federal infrastructure and roads will be temporarily suspended until the appeal process is completed,” said Abdul Khalid in a media statement.

“The State Government has also requested for the Director of the Selangor State Economic Planning Unit to provide a list of proposed federal development.

“Whether it is a highway or a Light Rail Transit (LRT) infrastructure will be reviewed by the State Government to ensure that the interests of people in Selangor and the state is secure,” said Abdul Khalid.

He said that the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSp) and Selangor State legal advisors will appeal against the decision.

This is because the decision denotes that the local authorities do not have control over structures built on federal roads.

Previously, the State Government objected to the implementation of the AES for allegedly being inefficient in reducing accident rate and only burdens road-users with summons.

The Federal Government’s official media Bernama reported that the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed the application for a judicial review by two companies operating the AES against the decision by MPSp.

Early December last year, MPSp had demolished two poles with AES cameras mounted by Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd at kilometre 301.7 on the North-South Expressway (PLUS) and at kilometre 6.6 on the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE).

In her judgement, Judge Datuk Zaleha Yusof rules that MPSp did not have jurisdiction over PLUS and SKVE.

Consequently, that allowed Beta Tegap to install AES cameras on both the highways.

Zaleha said that SKVE and PLUS are under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

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