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Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 10:44:39 AM
by chan tak kong
Cleaning up: Residents at Desa Mentari carting away rubbish during the gotong-royong.
THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has plans to build a public transport terminal for buses and taxis in Jalan PJS 8/9, Bandar Sunway.
A recent StarMetro report exposed the area as an illegal business colony operated by foreigners.
Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the council had issued notices to the operators to vacate the land and enable authorities to demolish the structures at the site.
The terminal is planned to be built once the area is cleared.
“Notices have been issued to the illegal business operators and after the specified grace period, the council will clear the area.
“The operators of the illegal business colony are mostly foreigners but, locals are overseeing them.
“If the local business owners are still keen to continue with their businesses, they have to apply to the council.
He added that the public transport terminal idea came about because many taxis were found parked by the roadside.
The move aims to help relocate the taxis to a centralised location.
The business colony is believed to have mushroomed about five years ago and has since grown to include about 50 illegally built shophouses.
It was previously reported that the majority of the businesses were run by Indonesians.
Most of the single-storey shops are located on a large plot of land under high-voltage power cables, opposite the main entrance to the Mentari Court flats.
Nik Nazmi highlighted the issue at the launch of a gotong-royong at Desa Mentari flats in Jalan PJS6/5.
He said the Desa Mentari flats, from Block 1 to Block 8, have almost 20,000 residents.
As the area was also often been associated with social problems and vandalism, the council allocated RM3.5mil to tackle the social issues in areas identified as “black spot”.
Among the neighbourhoods involved are Lembah Subang and Desa Mentari.
The funds allocated were used to provide public amenities and for community events, said Nik Nazmi.
“The council has also provided more secure and centralised motorcycle parking bays at the flats.
“In the past, residents will take along their motorcycles to their units using the lift, causing damage to the facility.
“Now, we have provided a more secure parking area where the residents can lock their vehicles to poles.
“The grounds will also be better lit and more community-related activities such as gotong-royong will be carried out to deter crime and keep the surroundings clean.
“This will also help to foster a more close-knit community,” he said.
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