Accident victims in Puchong are disgruntled after the district police stations undergone an administration split, which has made it difficult for them to decide where to lodge a police report after road mishaps.
With the new administration split took effect on July 16, areas such as Puchong Perdana and Bandar Bukit Puchong falls under the jurisdiction of both the Serdang and Subang Jaya district police stations .
But without clear administration borderlines informed to the public, accident victims often risk going to the wrong police station.
Their situation is not aided by the fact that the traffic police counter at the Bandar Puchong Jaya police station has now been shutdown since the administration split.
With the shutdown, the victims have to weather heavy traffic and also tolls before they could reach the Serdang district police station.
“Besides, the station is also pretty run down as there is no sufficient parking space and waiting area for victims,” said community policing founder Kuan Chee Heng, who had received four complaints so far since the split.
Speaking at a press conference today, he claimed that he had contacted Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar and Serdang district police chief Abdul Razak Ellias and requested that the traffic police counter in Bandar Puchong Jaya resumes its operation.
“They should decentralize the administration as to setup a traffic investigation team in Puchong,” he said, before adding that authorities should publish clear administrative borderlines for the two district police stations.
According to Kuan, there are about 40 accident cases that happen in Puchong every day.
Tow truck firm supervisor Eric Chan is one of the many locals who have experienced the shortcoming of the uncertain borderlines when he towed his client’s car to the wrong station.
After towing his client’s car from Bukit Puchong BK 5/3 all the way to the Serdang police station, he was told that the Bukit Puchong area falls under the purview of the Subang Jaya district police station.
This fiasco occurred even though Chan had called the Serdang police stations before towing the car there.
“In the end, we were only scolded by our client,” he explains.
Kuan (yellow shirt) discussed the matter with residents and tow truck operators
The Serdang traffic police meanwhile is citing lack of manpower as a reason behind the non-functioning of the Bandar Puchong Jaya traffic police counter.
“Many personnel there (Bandar Puchong Jaya traffic police counter) were sent to Subang Jaya after the split. We only have 12 officers and three investigate officers in Serdang now, there is not enough for another counter,” a source from the Serdang district police station said when contacted.
According to an earlier announcement, the five areas that come under Serdang police station’s purview should be Bandar Puteri Puchong, Puchong Jaya, Serdang, Seri Kembangan and Bandar Kinrara.
On the other hand, Subang Jaya station oversees Putra Heights, Subang Jaya, USJ, and Sunway.