The traffic report came on and I was idly listening, feeling smug that I had been able to bypass the traffic jams.
I was negotiating a particularly sharp bend when the announcer took that very moment to report that the access road at Bandar Mahkota Cheras was available for public use.
That was certainly unexpected.
I swerved involuntarily. Nearly hit the road barrier. Cursed in 3 different languages.
And then brightened up.
Hell, that was good news. Those folks had been fighting for justice for ages!
And it wasn't an easy battle.
It even involved bloodshed. This dude got beaten up by our esteemed members of the police force.
Chang Jiun Haur had no business trying to run over policemen, but they had no business beating the hell out of him either.
He is now in intensive care.
For their role in this entire fiasco, Grand Saga board of directors should be safely put away behind bars. For a long time.
If The Star is to be believed in its report, End to Cheras saga today?:
Grand Saga has in the past few weeks tried to re-erect a barricade to prevent residents from by-passing the toll booth, claiming that the access road was illegal.
However, a statement from Bandar Mahkota Cheras developer Narajaya Sdn Bhd reiterated that it had been granted approval for the access road.
“We wish to place on record that when we launched the BMC housing project, we were granted approval by the relevant authorities to build an access road connecting to the then Cheras-Kajang Highway.
“That approval was obtained before the Government granted Grand Saga the concession over the highway.
“Therefore, in building the access road to connect to the highway, we were merely fulfilling our obligation as required by the authorities,” the statement said.
The developer had legitimate permission to build the access road for the residents of Bandar Mahkota Cheras.
But these hooligans called Grand Saga who are masquerading as highway concessionaires were illegally trying to redirect traffic into paying toll unnecessarily.
Like I said, put them behind bars.
When the barricades were removed by residents, this company, Grand Saga hired thugs to beat them up. In Malaysia, violence pays.
Heck, why should we be surprised that big corporations engage in such criminal methods when our own law enforcement, the policemen excel at it themselves?