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SUKE Expressway

The proposed 31.8 km Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) should be reviewed, according to the Environment Advocate Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW). The international environmental advocacy group noted that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report had failed to provide information of the hazards of air pollution, The Malay Mail reports.

It’s understood that the EIA report was submitted to ELAW by ‘Say No to SUKE’ (SNTS), a local group opposing the project. As a response, the Oregon-based group stated, “without such information, the document cannot provide decision-makers with a basis to reach a rational decision about whether the environmental costs of the project exceed the claimed benefits of the project,”

Protem chairman of SNTS, Agos Hasan described the report as a “flawed document,” and a generic statement without relevance as to how it would impact air quality, particularly in the project area. In this, he was referring to the hazardous air pollution that residents along the alignment of the expressway would have to bear with.

“Without providing quantitative information on how the project would impact air quality and how this would impact the respiratory health of children and preventable death from coronary heart disease in adults, the document cannot be a reasonable basis for deciding whether the claimed benefits of the project exceeded its potential human costs,” Hasan reiterated.

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According to the chairman, three major schools will be affected. To add to that, he said that residents in Ampang and Bukit Mandarina will be exposed daily to a 150 Air Pollutant Index (API) – three times that of the national limit. Aside from air pollution, Hasan also stated that the project had exceeded the maximum permissible sound level, which is currently set at 65 dBA.

“The noise level for the project is expected to be between 87 and 96 dBA for those living within 20 metres of the highway,” he said. Furthermore, citing the Town and Country Planning Act of 1972, Hasan stated that SUKE was not listed in the Ampang Jaya town and Kuala Lumpur city plans, a requirement underlined in the Act.

Hasan also highlighted that based on the same report, 64% of the public were not aware of the expressway, while there has been almost no public engagement by relevant agencies, even until today. The group will be taking legal action against the Selangor state government and Ampang Jaya Municipal council, with affidavits to be submitted to the courts in January, next year.

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