Friday, 21 February 2014

Shame on you, Petronas Twin Towers !!

The Petronas Twin Towers should go into the Guinness Book of World Records for being one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world that do not have a proper and designated viewing platform for tourists and visitors to take a full view photo of of it. The national oil company spent US$1.6 billion dollar to build Malaysia's most famous landmark, complete with a wonderful park under strict supervision from Tun Dr. Mahathir, putting every details in consideration except for a designated viewing platform.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Therefore, for years, tour guides will bring tourists to a spot at the intersection of Jalan Binjai and Lorong Kuda to take pictures of the twin towers. It is said to be the best spot for taking pictures of the twin towers as one can get the view of the two towers, Suria KLCC and the park. Each day, busloads of tourists will be dropped off at this point. On a busy day, some of the tourists will even have to result to standing on the edge of the road to wait for their turn to take the pictures which is dangerous. I have often heard of complaints from friends who use the road frequently that they have to be very careful while driving at that stretch for fear of ramming into a tourist. Do we have to wait for accident to happen before taking any action? 

A tourist bus parked at the intersection. The driver refused to move despite honks from other motorists. 
However, what irks the motorists who use Jalan Binjai is the attitude of the tour vans and buses drivers that will just park their vehicles by the roadside either when dropping off or waiting for their passengers without any regard for law and the yellow line creating unnecessary traffic jams. These drivers will only move their vehicles at the sight of traffic police.
If we can build the world tallest building, why can’t we build a proper viewing platform and parking space around that area for the tourists to take pictures and the drivers to park their vehicles? As this has been going on for years, it is sad that the management of KLCC is not taking any action to solve the problem and this fits perfectly into former Prime Minister Abdullah’s infamous quote that Malaysia has first class infrastructures but third world mentality.

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