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Additional bus service for Subang Jaya
Charles Fernandez, MetroKL (4 Aug 2004)

CHARLES FERNANDEZ at the Subang Jaya Municipal Council Full Board Meeting

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: SUBANG Jaya residents will soon have the convenience of an additional bus service plying areas that are not covered now.

Presently four bus companies - Intrakota, Metro, a mini bus service and Triton - are operating several routes and the additional service would cover areas not serviced by the four.

Intrakota and Metro service the main route from the city centre to Subang Jaya, while the mini bus covers limited stops and Triton services the KTM routes.

"There is a need for an additional service to ply other routes, especially high-density areas," said Subang Jaya Municipal Council president Datuk Hakim Borhan.

He said the Kuala Lumpur-based company, Syarikat Handal Indah Sdn Bhd, which operates bus services in Johor Baru, has submitted their proposal, which is likely to be approved.

The service will begin by the end of the year and will have a standard fare of 80sen irrespective of the distance travelled.

On another matter, Hakim urged USJ11 and USJ16 residents, who were against the development of a hawker centre in their neighbourhood, to adopt a "give and take" approach.

He said residents in these areas were not against such developments as long as they were far from their homes.

"We understand why they do not like to have a hawker centre although they are not against the development of a surau and a kindergarten in the area," he added.

Among others, the residents cited noise and hygiene as some of the reasons why they were against the project.

However, he said the council could not do anything if the developer proceeded with the building of the hawker centre as the project had already been approved.

Hakim also noted that this was not the only project that Subang Jaya residents were unhappy with as there were similar problems with other projects like the community centre in SS13, and road-widening projects along Jalan Kewajipan and Jalan Tujuan. Hakim also voiced concern that only six of the 43 restaurants that operated 24 hours in the municipality had received an "A" grade.

Of the rest, nine were rated "B," 18 were graded "C" and the rest, "D."

"We will be organising a seminar for these 24-hour restaurant operators to create awareness of hygiene," Hakim said.

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