Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Contractor's sloppy job


TTDI night market to close

REGULARS at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail night market are shocked over Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) sudden closure notice of the Sunday market effective Jan 26.
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.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said DBKL had received numerous complaints on the poor management of the night market over the last two years.
“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 Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.
“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

Kuala Lumpur's first Car-Free morning

SOME motorists on Kuala Lumpur’s 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.
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 Kuala Lumpur 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.
Upon reaching the Berjaya Times Square and Sungei Wang Plaza 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.
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