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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Residents against kindergarten

Making a stand: Bukit Bandaraya residents gathered outside the kindergarten to protest against DBKL's approval for it to operate in their neighbourhood.

Making a stand: Bukit Bandaraya residents gathered outside the kindergarten to protest against DBKL's approval for it to operate in their neighbourhood.

RESIDENTS along Lorong Maarof were upset at being threatened to be penalised for parking by the roadside near a newly-opened kindergarten.

The residents had parked their vehicles parallel to Lorong Maarof on both sides of the road during the kindergarten’s open day on Aug 16 as a form of protest against Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) decision to approve the kindergarten.

As a result, visitors who attended the open day did not have place to park their cars.

Residents gathered outside the kindergarten at about 10am and some stayed on until the open day ended at 5.30pm.

Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association chairman Datuk M. Ali said two DBKL enforcement officers were seen near the kindergarten at about 12.45pm.

“They said they were ordered to issue traffic summons for obstructing traffic. I explained that the vehicles belong to residents who have parked along that stretch for more than 40 years without a problem. The DBKL officers then left without issuing any tickets.

“But I was shocked to see two policemen at 10pm also about to issue summonses to the cars parked by the roadside. They also claimed to have received orders from the Jalan Travers police station after receiving complaints.

“I immediately called the Jalan Travers police station officer-in-charge Chief Insp Edmond Wong and Brickfields OCPD ACP Muhammad Azlee Abdullah to protest against any enforcement action.

“It is not fair to harass residents who have been living here for decades just because a kindergarten has opened here, without the residents’ consent.

“This decision goes against Rule Five of the Planning Development Amendment Rules 1994, a by-law under the Federal Territory Planning Act 1982, which is supposed to protect the interest of the neighbours.

“We want the harassment to stop and we want DBKL to rescind approval and ensure the bungalow is used for residential purposes only,” he said.

The kindergarten, located at 150, Lorong Maarof, was given approval despite objections from neighbours who feared traffic congestion and disruption of the peace in the neighbourhood.

“The majority of residents here are senior citizens and there is no need for so many kindergartens.

“There are about 50 kindergartens in Bangsar and about 10 in Bukit Bandaraya alone. We are also objecting to two more kindergartens which may be opened anytime soon at Jalan Limau Purut and Jalan Medang Tanduk.” he said.

Renovation work for the bungalow started without a any notice in November 2013.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said approval was given based on demand in the area.

“The approval was given in line with town planning regulations.

“We also have a set of guidelines which must be adhered to including traffic management. If they fail to observe them, we will revoke their license,” he said.

A concerned resident who did not want to be named said she was worried about traffic congestion.

“Traffic in Lorong Maarof is heavy as there is a school at one end and the Bangsar LRT station at the other end.

“I foresee many vehicles will park by the roadside to pick up the children,” she said.

Another disappointed resident, who also did not want to be named, said during peak hours, it could take up to 30 minutes to get onto Jalan Maarof.

“I already find it difficult to drive in and out of my house as there are so many vehicles using Jalan Maarof.

“I am also concerned about the noise level, as I live just a few doors away,” he said.

Tags / Keywords: Community , Central Region , Events , Family Community , protest


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