Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lack of security in business area

Safety concerns: Business operators say there should be more police presence in the area.

Source: http://thestar.com.my/metro (By JASTIN AHMAD TARMIZI, 29/3/2011) Businessmen in Bandar Menjalara, Kuala Lumpur. are concerned over the increasing crime in the area. Bandar Menjalara Businessmen Association (BMBA) secretary Tomy Yong said security in the area had become a concern for the businessmen as problems such as snatch theft, break-ins, robbery and car theft occurred frequently. “There is no police to monitor the area. “We used to lodge a police report after a crime is committed but now we don’t even bother because there no action is taken. “It has been 30 years and there is still no police station in the area,” he told reporters. Yong said in October last year, some residents noticed a mobile police station near the business area. “We understand that the mobile police station has been parked there for the past six months. However, their presence is not felt as we hardly see any policemen patrolling the area. “They should be patrolling the areas with high crime rates. “There has been a plan to build a police station in the area in 1992, but for almost 20 years nothing came out of it. “We hope that they can build it as promised or at least relocate the mobile police station to the heart of the business area so it can help prevent crime,” added Yong.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who was also present at the press conference, said the Segambut constituency was under the jurisdiction of the District Police Headquarters (IPD) of Sentul. “There were three mobile units under the IPD Sentul which has so many areas under its jurisdiction. “How are they going to monitor all those areas with only three of them? he asked. “When I raised this in the Parliament, the answer given was the IDP Sentul has only three and they will decide where to place them. “I will follow up on this matter and try to get the authorities to at least relocate the mobile police unit to the middle of the business area as well as try to get them to build a permanent police station,” he said.

The business operators also complained about the parking problem in the business area.

A shop owner, Foo Yik Cheong, said they had sent complaints to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) many times but there was no reply. “We then informed the Housing and Local Government Ministry. “The last letter received from the ministry was on March 2 instructing the DBKL to reply to our complaints. We are still waiting for a reply. Lim said he would bring the letter to the minister to ask him to help in the issue.

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