Friday July 17, 2009
Disabled community shows support for new pavement
By FAZLEENA AZIZ
ABOUT 20 disabled people (PWDs) gathered to show their support for the new pavement along Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya.
The pavement along the 500m stretch of road was a pilot project for barrier-free access in PJ.
It was upgraded at a cost of RM180,000, including railings and covering up of the drains.
Former Petaling Jaya city councillor Anthony Thanasayan said people should stop being in denial over the needs of the disabled.
He said people should not politicise the issue but support them.
“The earlier pavement was a waste because even the non-disabled were not able to use it.
“We also want to show them that we exist and have rights as a tax-paying citizens,” he said.
He also said all the councils in Selangor should emulate MBPJ’s facilities instead of making a mess like in Kuala Lumpur.
The All-Petaling Jaya Residents Associations Coalition (APAC) had expressed their disapproval over the council’s bad planning in the construction of the pavement.
They had said that the PJ New Town was already a model for barrier-free facilities and questioned the need for another model for road pavements along Jalan Gasing.
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