Monday, November 30, 2009

Playground is home to a colony of rats and strewn with rubbish

Taman Sri Bintang (Photo by Lim)
Taman Cuepac (Photo by Lim)
Taman Bamboo (Photo by Lim)
Segambut Garden (Photo by Lim)

Absolutely filthy: Lim (third from left) in front of an overflowing rubbish bin a the Taman Sri Kuching playground together with the residents. (Photo by The Star)
Source: (By PRIYA MENON, 30/11/2009)
DESPITE the name Taman Sri Kuching, the playground in the area is ironically home to a colony of rats. Rubbish strewn in the playground has been luring the rodents. Resident, Lau Tak Wah, 53, said the grass was cut five months ago and yet to be trimmed ever since. He claimed the rubbish were thrown by foreigners who used the playground as a meeting point at night. “There are plenty of mosquitoes too. My friend’s children were admitted for dengue recently,” Lau said. A caretaker of a Chinese temple nearby, Yap Yee Sam, 63, has taken it upon himself to keep the playground clean and throws away tins with stagnant water. He added that children used to come to the playground but due to the filthy condition, the number has reduced drastically. According to Lau, a female cleaner at the park had said their contract had ended in October and they were expected to continue in February 2010.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng recently held a press conference to highlight the park’s issue as well as three other parks in Segambut, namely Taman Sri Bintang, Taman Bamboo and Segambut Garden. “It has come to my understanding that the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) contractors have not been cleaning the parks because City Hall can’t afford to pay them,” Lim said. He added that KL mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail had said recently that City Hall was thinking of ways to save cost including asking residents associations to manage parks in their own neighbourhoods for a lower fee. Lim added that if City Hall could not pay the residents could not blame the contractors. He hoped Fuad would elaborate more on this.

1 comment:

Raul said...

Not to forget Taman Sri Sinar, which is fast becoming a taman of filth and rubish. The playground between Nova 1 and Nova 2 apartments are also overgrown with lalang and bins are over-flowing with uncollected garbage.

Visitors like me, who frequents the park for basketball session with the kids, have to bring extra plastic bags for rubbish. As civic-minded individuals, we do take responsibilities by instilling order, discipline, cleanliness and sportmanship to the young kids thru sports (basketball) but it is kinda difficult when there is a breakdown in the local government's delivery of basic services.

Much of the roads in Kepong, in fact, is filled with rubbish most of the time. Either its real garbage or the house owner's rubbish (construction aggregates). Most of the time you can also find heavy equipment parked in these housing areas. Kepong is really short of becoming an equipment yard, at least in our area.

But when you go just a bit further - leading to Hartamas area, the situation is different - where the roads are nicely tarred and a little bit cleaner. There are really two different levels of public-service deliveries here. And it is really an obstacle when we try to teach the young to be civic-minded and to take care of their environment. We all know from young that life is not always fair, but with a little hard work and sincerity, there's always hope... I believe