Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Source: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2014/02/26/Swimming-with-larvae-Clogged-drains-in-Taman-City-are-mosquito-breeding-grounds/ (BY JAROD LIM, 26/2/2014)
Potential health risk: Sin Leong holding a plastic cup filled with mosquito larvae in stagnant water from a drain along Jalan Selingsing 7.
SEVERAL clogged drains that have turned into mosquito breeding grounds at
have got residents fuming. Kuala Lumpur
Resident Lim Sin Leong scooped stagnant water from the drains with a plastic cup and found mosquito larvae in it.
“This has become more serious recently due to the dry weather. A lot of mosquitoes enter the house at night.
“We have complained to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and they sent someone to unclog and clean the drain. But the problem recurred several days later,” said the 48-year-old resident.
Checks by StarMetro revealed that the drain along Jalan Selingsing 7 at the housing estate was clogged and heavily infested with mosquito larvae. A lot of mosquitoes were also seen hovering above the drains that contained stagnant water around the back lanes of shoplots along Jalan Kepayang.
Taman City Timur Rukun Tetangga chairman Cheah Kong Seng said the clogged drain problem had been going on for over 20 years.
“The main drain is higher than the smaller drains outside houses and shoplots, which stops the water from flowing and causes the water to stagnate.
“This also contributes to flash floods after a downpour, and shoplot owners have to build a barrier to prevent the water from flowing into their shops,” he said.
Cheah also said that there were three blocks of shoplots along Jalan Kepayang and over 30 shoplots.
“Last year, there were more than 10 dengue cases reported in this area.
“There are about 300 residents staying here and I hope DBKL will look into this soon,” he said.
Yap Eng Seng, 60, who lived in
for over 30 years,
said the drains at the houses and shops were rebuilt when the main road, Jalan
Kuching, was constructed. Taman
“Jalan Kuching, which is parallel to Jalan Kepayang and connected to the
Duke Highway, was
built in the 1980s.
“The main drain beside the road is higher than the existing drain in
. Taman City
“So, the drains were rebuilt so that water could flow out. However, the drainage system was poorly done,” said
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, in a press conference, urged DBKL to review the drainage system there and rectify the problem.“DBKL should come out with a long-term solution that can address the problem permanently,” he said.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Source: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2014/01/21/Closure-unbelievable-say-regulars-Decision-to-shut-down-night-market-following-condo-residents-compl/ (By BY VIJENTHI NAIR 21/1/2014)
REGULARS at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail night market are shocked over
(DBKL) sudden closure notice of the Sunday market effective Jan 26. Kuala
Lumpur City Hall
A photo of the notice dated Jan 16 that was issued to the hawkers on Sunday has been circulating via Twitter from Sunday night.
The notice stated that DBKL made the decision after the hawkers failed to address the frequent complaints on traffic congestion and cleanliness.
Regulars at the night market took to Twitter to voice their dissatisfaction.
“What’s this news about the TTDI pasar malam getting shut down! :((( I feel like my childhood is getting robbed! :(((,” Rachael Looi tweeted.
“Lame excuses, cleanliness and traffic congestion,” Pankajkumar tweeted.
“Pasar malam TTDI has the best meehun sup :( and it has been there since I was a little girl. Really stupid reason to shutdown a pasar malam,” Katrina von Gazzali tweeted.
Long queue: People lining up to buy food at the night market on a Sunday.- filepic
“DBKL is shutting down the Sunday pasar malam in TTDI at the end of January. Unbelievable!” tweeted Myra M.
“The complaints were from Sinaran TTDI condominium folk as well as residents from the surrounding area.
“DBKL has held discussions with the condominium’s Joint Management Body (JMB) over the complaints but nothing has been resolved.
“The area is not suitable for a night market but it was allowed all these years due to demand from the people.
“If the night market organiser and Sinaran TTDI condominium JMB can find a solution, the night market can go on.
“However, our priority is the residents welfare.
“The main complaints are on traffic obstruction, making it difficult for the condominium residents to come and go, as well as cleanliness,” he said.
Ahmad Phesal stressed that it was not their intention to make life difficult for the hawkers.
“Although the notice of closure is out, I hope the organiser and the JMB will come up with an amicable solution for a win-win situation,” he said.
TTDI Residents Association secretary Margaret Lee said they were very unhappy about not being consulted before issuing the notice.
“We heard rumours about the closure and I wrote to DBKL to clarify the matter in early January.
“The reply from DBKL stated that they will investigate the matter. Then suddenly, the hawkers were slapped with the notices.
“The night market has been around for more than 30 years and closure will greatly effect the residents as well as the livelihood of the hawkers,” she said.
Meanwhile, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said he will write to the Federal Territory Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor requesting for an explanation for the closure order and forward a copy of the letter to
mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal
Talib. Kuala Lumpur
“The closure order was given without any consultation with the residents’ association (RA).“The RA does not agree with the decision. I advise the hawkers to carry on with business as usual this coming Sunday pending a reply from Tengku Adnan,” he said.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Source: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2014/01/06/Show-of-pedal-power-But-cyclists-eager-to-ride-on-empty-KL-roads-find-themselves-manoeuvring-past-v/ (BY CHOONG MEK ZHIN, 6/1/2014)
SOME motorists on
busiest roads were taken by surprise by 2014’s first Car-Free Morning
yesterday. Initiated by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the event is meant to
promote a healthier lifestyle as well as create awareness on different modes of
transportation. Kuala Lumpur
What was supposed to be a vehicle-free morning on these roads however turned out to be a staggered road closure. A number of traffic policemen as well as DBKL enforcement officers were on duty along the route to stop traffic and give the cyclists right-of-way. Cyclists and inline skaters had earlier turned up in force to support the event and led by
mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, departed
from DBKL headquarters on Jalan Raja Laut. The circuitous route also covers
Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Pinang, Jalan Kia
Peng, Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Imbi. Kuala
Upon reaching the Berjaya Times Square and
junction, the group
then turned back onto Jalan Sultan Ismail before turning onto Jalan Tuanku
Abdul Rahman and back to DBKL via Jalan Tun Perak. Only Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan
Semarang, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Tun Perak, were completely closed
to traffic though motorcyclists who saw gaps managed to enter the area anyway. Sungei Wang
Public buses and taxis, however, are given access into any of the roads involved with a special lane cordoned off by traffic cones. Cyclists had imagined vehicle-free roads and were shocked to find themselves cycling alongside cars and buses along most of the route.
“Many of us brought along our children but it was dangerous. There is a need for better planning as well as awareness on the event among motorists,” said Sunny Pang, 41, from the Titanium Cycling Club. He had participated in the same event at the end of last year and said the same thing happened. “However, I will still return next month for the Car-Free Morning because it is a unique experience to be able to cycle freely in the city and take in the sights,” he said.
Muhammad Nazmi Azman, 19, from Sepang, said that he cycles for exercise and leisure. “I have a folding bike now and it has encouraged me to cycle more because it is so easy to bring anywhere. Cycling in the city is a new experience for me,” he said.
Jeffrey Lim, the founder of the Kayuh Kuala Lumpur group which is producing a city cycling map, said most motorists were careful when they see cyclists. “Some have a fear of cycling in the city due to the crazy traffic but most will give way or slow down for us,” he said.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who was at the Jalan Bukit Bintang intersection, said he supported the Car-Free Morning initiative. “However, this was a disastrous start. There were joggers and cyclists coming even at 9am and they had to fight with other vehicles for space,” he said.
Lim added the mayor and DBKL should apologise to participants of the programme as it had endangered their lives.
Ahmad Phesal said the local authorities would be conducting a post-mortem and welcomes suggestions. “For now, we will maintain this route and system but perhaps with some improvements such as creating temporary special lanes for the cyclists,” he said, adding they might also consider extending the Car- Free Morning for a longer period.
He also said that they will work at promoting the event and putting up signs.Related news: Welcome start to green initiative http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/welcome-start-to-green-initiative-1.455751
Friday, December 27, 2013
Tang standing with Lim (L) showing the police report lodged
Source: http://www.fz.com/content/woman-claims-police-allow-ah-long-hold-keys-her-stolen-car (by Jaqueline Png 27/12/2013)
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 27): A woman has claimed that her car was stolen in a hotel car park in Genting Highlands and ended up in the hands of loan sharks, who want her to pay off a RM10,000 debt to get the car back.
Tang Poh Lin from
went to Genting Highlands for a family holiday on Oct 19. Her car, a Honda CRV
was left in the hotel car park for a week until she realised it had gone
Tang said she did not lock her car and the car keys were left inside the vehicle. The car was allegedly stolen, along with important documents in it, including passports, birth certificate of her child, SPM certificates, car insurance and car loan documents.
When asked why was her car not locked with the keys left inside, Tang insisted that she forgot to lock her car. She also said she carried her important documents with her as she travelled around alot.
She lodged a report at the Genting Highlands police station on Oct 26.
Tang said on Nov 18, she received a phone call from a police officer stating that her car was found and told her to collect it at the Bentong police station.
"Sergent Shamsudin told me to come to Bentong to collect my car. When I got there, I waited for an hour before he told me that the car had been pawned to Ah Long (loan sharks) for RM10,000," she said when met at a press conference with DAP Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.
"The sergent told me harshly to deal with the 2 Chinese Ah Long at the police station canteen. They (Ah Long) accused me of borrowing RM10,000 from them, but when I denied, they changed their story."
Tang said the loan sharks second version of the story was that, an unknown man had sold the car to them and they paid RM10,000 as deposit payment.
"Now, the Ah Long said they paid for the car and want the money back. But they cannot even produce any ID of the said man. No name, telephone number, photostat IC or anything. Again, I denied all of this and they want me to find the man responsible for the alleged transaction," she said.
Tang said the loan sharks also forged her signature and thumbprint on a vehicle ownership transfer form of Road Transport Department as evidence, but all the other particulars were not filled.
"I argued with them, I told them many times that it is not my thumbprint nor did I signed the form. The signature is completely different from mine! If I really did take their money, they wouldn't let me go that easily," she insisted.
Tang said her protest was dismissed at the police station and Sergent Shamsudin did not carry out any verification measures of the said "evidence" produced by the Ah Longs.
She claimed that the police allowed the Ah Long keep her car keys until the matter was settled.
"In fact the sergent told me if I don't cooperate with the Ah Long and pay up, he threatened to charge me for making a fake police report," she claimed.
"For the police to let the Ah Long walk away with my car keys is absurd.
"The sergent is clearly covering up for the loan sharks. Who knows, he might have a stake in that RM10,000 payment. For me, I will never pay."
Tang also said the Ah Long only returned her passport as requested.
Tang works as a bird's nest post-production specialist and travels frequently between
Ipoh, and Johor. With her only car held hostage, she
commutes via coach to deal with her job in different states. Kuala
She said since meeting the Ah Long at the police station in Bentong, Tang had not received any word on how her case was progressing. She also said there were no phone calls from the police or the loan sharks.
At the moment, her car is stranded at the Bentong police station while loan sharks are holding her key for ransom.
Tang has lodged another police report at the Taman Johor Jaya, Johor police station to express her dissatifaction of how her case was handled and to clarify that she had never taken any loans from the Ah Long.
She has also sought help from Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and called for a press conference to bring the issue to light.
She has also sought help from Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and called for a press conference to bring the issue to light.
Lim said he wrote to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar for assistance but received lackluster respond.
"Bukit Aman (police headquarters) called me to ask what does 'GH' mean in the report number. I told them it stands for Genting Highlands, where the car was reportedly stolen."
"This is the standard of our police force," Lim lambasted.
Lim also said a complaint will be lodged at the newly established Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) which is under the purview of the prime minister's department if no further action was taken."We will get the word out first and see if the authorities take action. Otherwise, we'll complain to PCB."