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Published: Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 8:24:56 AM

Ampang's top issues

Cutting  their way  through: MPAJ officers had to resort to cutting the padlock after being denied entry into the UKRC.— filepic

Cutting their way through: MPAJ officers had to resort to cutting the padlock after being denied entry into the UKRC.— filepic

IN Ampang, issues that surface are either not given due attention or blown out of proportion, and usually no clear solution is found.

One long-standing problem is the management and ownership of the Ulu Klang Recreation Club (UKRC).

It was thought that it would be resolved this year when the Selangor government finally made a firm decision to take it back from the private club management.

The problem began in 2002 when a developer planned to build a condominium there and residents and club members joined forces to save their neighbourhood field.

Matters were more or less resolved by a special committee led by Orang Besar Daerah Gombak Datuk Paduka Raja Wan Mahmood Pa’wan Teh in 2012 when it was ruled that the land does not in fact, belong to the club.

This led to further internal problems in the club.

After Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) took over the field and clubhouse this year, the club management decided to take legal action against the move.

So while the public, including residents, wonder if they have merely gone from one questionable management to another, the issue is far from over.

Also, Ampang, infamous for its former landslide tragedies, has been seeing steady progress on slope management. However, it hit a snag this year just when they were about to do something about it.

The state’s decision to provide funds to repair and maintain state-owned slopes in the form of loans, complete with interest, to the local council was explained as an exercise to train fiscal discipline which sounds fishy to the layman whose only concern is their safety.

Those in Bukit Antarabangsa may even be burdened with a development levy due to this, though the state has been tight-lipped about everything, leaving the public to make assumptions and accusations.

The expose published in StarMetro led to a storm of objections from the public.

However, it seems something good might come out of it as a new policy is being formulated to convert the loan into a grant, provided it is managed well.

This has helped to lift a huge burden off MPAJ.

Tags / Keywords: Government, Community, Central Region, Family & Community, MPAJ Ampang yearender 2013 UKRC slope Bukit Antarabangsa

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