Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Vacant lot becoming a dump

Photo from Sin Chew Daily

Source of news: thestar.com.my/metro (By BAVANI M, 5/1/2010)

A PIECE of vacant land along Jalan Jambu Golok in Taman Sejahtera Segambut, Kuala Lumpur, has become an eyesore due to neglect.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had put up a notice last May informing the public that the site had been earmarked for a landscaping project. “To date, nothing has been done and the land has now become a dumpsite for rubbish and construction debris, and a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” he said. Lim said he had read in the newspapers that KL mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail wanted residents associations (RAs) and corporations to adopt the parks and playgrounds in their neighbourhoods for maintenance and beautification works. “Since the mayor made the offer, many people have approached me about wanting to manage the parks in Segambut. “They asked me to speak on their behalf. I was told that when they had approached City Hall officers for information, the officers were clueless. “I think it’s a good idea but after his announcement, Fuad should have drafted guidelines on the issue,” Lim said.

Last November, Fuad had announced that the DBKL would embark on some cost-cutting measures to save the city some money. Part of his proposal included inviting residents associations and corporations to adopt areas in the city, such as roundabouts, green areas and neighbourhood playgrounds, for maintenance and beautification. Fuad said a committee would be set up to formulate policies and programmes to develop a system to enable corporations to adopt these areas and that he wanted it to be a win-win situation that would benefit residents and stakeholders.

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