Bukit Pantai residents concerned over green area-turned-dumpsite


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  • Friday, 09 Jan 2015

Filthy: The dumpsite opposite Zehn Bukit Pantai condominium.

RESIDENTS at Zehn Bukit Pantai in Jalan Bukit Pantai wants the green area opposite the condominium to be restored to its original state after it was filled with concrete slabs and turned into a dumpsite.

During a visit by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, who was accompanied by the residents, the shocking sight of a still pond filled with rubbish was revealed.

Resident Wendy Kendall, 54, said the green area began to be cleared about a year ago.

“Soon after, we started hearing clanking noises like bottles being thrown in the wee hours of the night between 11pm to 2am.

“The sound would be so loud that we would not be able to sleep,” she said.

She added that lorries would now enter the plot of land between 3am to 4.30am.

“What we’re concerned about now is what they are going to do with the plot of land since the garbage is almost overflowing.

Another resident, Gabriel Ng, 39, said they were also concerned over the stagnant water.

“There was never a pond here. It was just a drain but because it is clogged, it has turned into a pond.

“We are worried about the health repercussions as we have had 30 cases of dengue in our condominium alone in the past six months.

“We want the people responsible for clearing this land and turning it into a dumpsite to restore it to its beautiful green state,” he said.

He added that several complaints had been made to the local authorities, including Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

During the visit to the site, a group of men on motorcycles warned the residents to leave the property as it was “private land”.

There was also a sign board at the entrance stating that it was a parking lot.

Nurul Izzah said she had already brought up the issue with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.

“He has given assurance that action will be taken on the matter,” she said.

She urged DBKL to take immediate action against those responsible to restore the green area.

Nurul Izzah added that the punishment for dumping construction waste and other waste in public places was too light.

“Under Section 47 of the Roads, Buildings and Drainage Act 1974, the lorry owners can be fined up to RM500 if this is a public area,” she said.

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