SUBANG JAYA, 10 Jan: The Selangor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Government has once again proved its ability when it successfully realised the promise to build a pedestrian bridge at Persiaran Kewajipan which was failed to be fulfilled by Umno-BN during the 12th General Elections (GE-12) campaign.
The bridge was completed last December with a cost of RM1.35 million compared to the RM3 million which was promised by Umno-BN.
The construction was carried out by Aminsa Bina Sdn Bhd, the company that won the open tender in line with the policy of the State Government.
Before officiating the opening of the Pesiaran Kewajiban Pedestrian Bridge here, this morning, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that the bridge which was built is among the cheapest built in Selangor without compromising the quality, which is the same as other bridges, because of the open tender.
“Previously, if it were BN, an allocation of more than RM3 million is needed to build a bridge, but PR, with RM3 million, can build two bridges,” said the Chief Minister.
At the same event, Subang Jaya Assemblywoman Hannah Yeoh said that promises which were made by the former BN candidate for Kelana Jaya Parliament, Datuk Lee Hwa Beng and former candidate for Subang Jaya, Ong Chong Swen, was made in a media statement in February 2008.
However, after losing in the 2008 General Elections, Hannah said, she was informed by the Ministry of Public Works that the project will not proceed on grounds that it was a personal promise by Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who was the minister of the ministry at the time.
“Due to the absence of Samy Vellu and Datuk Lee after losing in the General Elections, the Ministry decided to not proceed with the project of the bridge construction. I then requested assistance from the Selangor Government to obtain funding although this project was not under the jurisdiction of the State Government.
“After 4 years of waiting for promises made by Umno-BN and over 1600 signatures collected in a petition, in May 2012, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim used the state funds to pay for this bridge,” she said.
Previously, The Selangor PR Government also took measures in carrying out several promises which were not fulfilled by BN in the 12th General Elections.
Among them was the construction of the third Klang Bridge which costs RM300 million.