I’m very much taken aback and somewhat surprised to note your sentiment in the article posted in YB Adun Subang Jaya’s blog.
I do not understand how a casual & informal meeting which I was planning to arrange with a few residents can draw the ire and attention from YB Adun Subang Jaya in a negatively-perceived manner.
Please allow me to make the following clarifications to set the record straight.
1st. There is no "consultation" session/meeting on the proposed LRT tracking route in my MCA Kelana Jaya office.
The informal get-together which I had proposed with a handful of invited residents is merely to enable me to get some feedback on their views so that I can better gauge public views on a matter that is of extremely high public interest among our Subang Jaya community.
In any case, this proposed meeting is only a tentative which is subject to actual confirmation. In the course of my working with the community, I too need to brainstorm with and get feedback from the community.
2nd. The idea to hold this informal meeting with selected community representatives had its origins when some community leaders came to my office last Tuesday (12th May) to brief me on the LRT matter during which they also conveyed their own residents’ concerns.
To ensure a fair and wider representation of views, I then proposed to them to invite a few more persons and organise an informal meeting to gather more inputs for a more comprehensive perspective of the issue that will impact in a great way in our community.
3rd. There is NO NEED to turn this into a political issue and create division lines on an issue that affects everyone of us, yourself and myself included. The LRT issue is a major project with wide implications -- the final consequences will ultimately be a "cost" to some sectors of our community or a boon to others in favour of improved transportation.
But before it is eventually a reality, there is no harm to get as much info of benefit , from all sectors of community, to be input for the final decision-making process. Like you, and everyone else, we are all seeking more information on the LRT route confirmation and all of us , I think, are anxious over it and the impact. It is no point to "grope in the dark" on an important and massive issue like the LRT without proper facts and information.
4th. I have been a resident and community leader in Subang Jaya and USJ for many years and I am equally concerned regarding the wellbeing and quality of life for ALL residents in Subang Jaya -- just as you and other community leaders are committed and interested in in the various issues.
In this context, I am only responding to the request of some residents who had come to see me. If approached, I cannot turn the residents away, and will extend whatever help/service within our capabilities.
5th. I respect you as a wakil raykat to perform your duties, but do not over react and do let me -- as a community leader too -- to do whatever best I could to help the people in Kelana Jaya constituency, especially in Subang Jaya and USJ which has been my home for the past 30 years.
I too am committed to provide service to the community, even though it's under the MCA Kelana Jaya banner. After all, if it's for the betterment and benefit of the community and the people, I see no reason why my efforts and contributions should be denied and/or rejected.
Ong Chong Swen
Chairman, MCA Kelana Jaya