Guest of honour: Dr Loga Bala (front left) planting a tree in Taman Metropolitan Kepong.
VANDALISM and illegal motorcycle races inside the Kepong Metropolitan Park are now a thing of the past, thanks to some upgrades done last year.
Former Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Kepong branch area manager Muhammad Fauzi Omar, whose stint there ended over the weekend, said various changes done to the park had helped solve the problems.
“Firstly, a new perimeter fence was constructed around the park, preventing unauthorised access. This was especially easy in the area next to the Jinjang longhouses. There is a gate now that allows only people to enter on foot,” he said.
He added that the old fences were easily damaged where unauthorised vehicles were able to enter.
Apart from that, DBKL had placed its own security personnel at the park, taking over from the private company that was hired for the job.
Muhammad Fauzi also said the park’s maintenance was handled directly by the DBKL headquarters and the branch office had merely played the role of occasional monitoring and forwarding complaints.
He was met at the Kepong 1 Wilayah Persekutuan Kenduri that was launched by Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan.
Attended by a few hundred residents of the area, the scorching sun did not prevent many of them from staying on until the afternoon when they got to enjoy a hearty meal, including gulai kawah, and performances by local community groups.
The event was one of five organised by the ministry and DBKL to increase the spirit of unity and cooperation among the people.
It ended with the Fire and Rescue Department demonstrating hose-handling skills to the delight of those present, some of whom were caught in the fine sprays.