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Published: Friday February 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:42:11 PM

Do more to maintain our parks

I welcome Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib’s statement that more Friends of the Parks should be established soon to foster a sense of belonging with public parks and greenery among the city’s residents.

The Friends of the Parks can be the eyes and ears of these respective parks in terms of cleanliness, maintenance and park protection in general, and in helping to report cases of vandalism.

Complaints and feedback from Friends of the Park could then be attended to by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Walking is my preferred form of exercise and last Sunday, I went to DBKL’s Pudu Ulu Park in Cheras.

What impressed me is that the park is clean, well maintained and is popular among people who go there for various forms of physical exercise.

City folk will indeed be pleased to note that DBKL has provided another park with jogging tracks and other facilities for the public to exercise and relax.

As I was going for my morning walk in the park, I noticed that there were people smoking.

As a result, the fresh morning air in the park was polluted.

In my view the park, though an open space, is not appropriate for smoking. Therefore, I wish to call upon DBKL to prohibit smoking in parks and display no-smoking signs.

I hope the Health Ministry will also look into the matter.

Another observation I made was that the park’s cleaners were dumping rubbish into a bush adjacent to the football fields.

Dumping tree branches, twigs and leaves into the bush may be permissible but certainly not plastic bottles, cups and containers as they are non-degradable and unsightly.

What’s worse, these non-degradable items are clearly visible as one walks past the passage adjacent to the bush land.

DBKL should also disallow motorcycles from entering the walkways as they contribute towards air and noise pollution.

City Hall Landscape and Recreation Department should look into these matters.

TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE Kuala Lumpur

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