SEPUTEH MP Teresa Kok has told residents of housing estates in Kuchai Lama to boycott paying parking fees if they are not happy with the metered parking system.
She said this during a protest against the parking scheme by more than 100 Kuchai Lama residents gathered in Jalan 1/116B, Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park, last Saturday.
As stated on the meter, the charge is 50 sen per hour from Monday to Saturday, 7.30am to 6pm.
The residents have started a petition and have so far collected more than 1,000 signatures so far.
According to Wong Yun Ching, those staying at the shophouses are affected because they will still have to pay parking even if they do not go out.
“My family owns two cars. The recent increase in petrol cost and now the parking charges are making life difficult for us,” the 50-year-old cleaner, who stays in one of the shophouses.
Pang Hui Lim, a 20-year-old shopkeeper in Taman Goodwood, said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) workers went to the area two weeks ago to paint the yellow lines for parking bays.
Pang estimated that he would have to fork out about RM500 per month for the parking charges.
Barber Ponnanam Balam expects more than 56 shops will be affected.
“DBKL officers came to put up the meters two weeks ago. I’ve stayed in the area for 56 years and this is the first time we are required to pay for parking,” he said.
The protest crowd grew bigger later as more and more residents showed their dissatisfaction of the metered-parking system.
According to Teresa, this problem was not only faced by Kuchai Lama residents but in other areas of Kuala Lumpur as well.
She said almost every day there was a protest on parking charges somewhere in the city.
“The parking charges are adding to the people’s burden, especially after the 41% fuel hike. The DBKL should have a heart,” she said.
Teresa said she had raised the issue at Parliament and the answer she received was that this was a move by the City Hall to reduce congestion in the commercial area.
“The residents have no choice but to park at the roadside due to limited parking spaces in their area,” she said.
“The problem is that public transport is inefficient. There is no bus service here,” she said.
The residents confirmed that there was no bus service in their area.
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