KUALA LUMPUR: MOTORISTS are irked to see parking bays permanently occupied by
abandoned vehicles in Medan Putra Business Centre, Bandar Menjalara, a busy
commercial area where parking space is at a premium.
Almost 20 vehicles are
parked in the public parking bays and in the back lanes, depriving motorists of
precious parking space and City Hall of revenue from parking meter fees.
Many of these vehicles
have been stripped of their engines, windows and doors. Some have been left
there for years.
Restaurant manager Jimmy
Ong, 34, said the abandoned vehicles were an eyesore as well as an
“City Hall should be
proactive and act fast when it comes to matters like this. It is obvious that
these cars have been left here for many years, which is frustrating because
these spots can be freed up for motorists here,” he said.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng,
who visited the area on Saturday, said the owners did not want to take
responsibility for the vehicles, yet did not want them to be towed away.
“When City Hall officers
came and wanted to tow the vehicles away, some car workshop operators here said
the vehicles belonged to their customers,” he said.
Lim said he had recently
brought up the matter to Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, who had promised
to get the council’s enforcement team to remove the abandoned vehicles.
“But nothing has
happened so far. Phesal told me the towing of the vehicles could be carried out
immediately as he was doing away with the old process of removing vehicles of
this sort,” he said.
The process required
City Hall to place a notice on the vehicle with instructions for the owner to
The owner is notified
three times and given a grace period of over two weeks to comply, Lim said.
“However, when I spoke
to Phesal recently, he said this process would be done away.
“According to him, there
will be no questions asked or notices given. I brought up the matter again
yesterday (Friday) but the vehicles are still here today,” he said.
Meanwhile, the new
one-way traffic flow in the commercial centre becomes effective today.
Directional signs have been repainted to reflect the change.
“This is done after a
six-month study by City Hall. I hope motorists here will be patient during the
one-way system is to combat the traffic congestion here and is for the
improvement of the commercial centre,” said Lim.