Parents call up five Batu candidates for solutions for their school-run woes

Parents call up five Batu candidates for solutions for their school-run woes

AN SOS call by concerned parents of several schools in Sentul saw five candidates contesting for the Batu parliamentary seat for the 15th General Election (GE15) turn up in an effort to offer solutions to traffic and safety issues.

The parents of SJKT St Joseph Sentul wanted the Batu hopefuls to witness the worsening traffic along Jalan Sentul, which was also affecting the safety of their children.

Candidates that showed up included Pakatan Harapan’s P. Prabakaran, Warisan’s Naganathan Pillai (Nathan Batu), Wan Azliana Wan Adnan from Pejuang and Independents Siti Kasim and Tian Chua.

Parent Saravanan Maniam said he wanted the candidates to witness the situation themselves and to understand the needs of the community.

“Jalan Sentul is the only access road for three schools in the vicinity.

“During drop-off and pick-up times, the two-lane road becomes one as parents and school bus drivers have to park by the side of the road.

“Motorists also ignore the traffic lights where the students cross, resulting in at least several accidents and near-misses,” he said during a press conference on Friday (Nov 11).

He added that heavy vehicles plying the road during those peak hours were concerning to the parents.

Tian Chua, who was a former Batu MP, said a multi-agency effort was needed to come up with an amicable and effective solution.

“Public Works Department (JKR), Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and even private developers must join in the conversation,” he said.

Meanwhile, incumbent MP Prabakaran said a solution had already been discussed with DBKL and other stakeholders several times.

“We have been engaging with the different schools and the church (St Joseph Catholic Church) to come up with a way to ensure safe pick-up for students and alleviate traffic at the same time.

“My most recent meeting with DBKL was last month and we are waiting for their approval for the suggested plans,” he said.

He added that this would involve using the church compound as an alternative access point for parents to pick up students.

Naganathan and Siti added that better city planning was needed to prevent similar situations in the future.

The five candidates were among 10 that were contesting in Batu for GE15.

The others were Barisan Nasional’s Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay, Nur Fathiah Syazwana Shaharudin @ Cleo (Independent), Azhar Yahya (Perikatan Nasional), Mohd Zulkifli Abdul Fattah (Parti Rakyat Malaysia) and Too Cheng Huat (Independent, running as Too Gao Lan).

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