Residents unhappy over old vehicles stored on vacant land

Abandoned: At least eight buses left discarded near Taman Tasik Indah.

RESIDENTS of Taman Tasik Indah, Kuala Lumpur are upset that a vacant land beside their neighbourhood is being used to store old buses and containers.

Foreigners have also been spotted living in containers at the site, located at the junction of Jalan 1/18d and Jalan 1/18a which raises safety concerns for residents.

Retiree Johnny Puah, 56, said the foreigners have been staying there for two months.

“Sometimes, we can hear the television and we suspect they are stealing power and water supply,” he said.

Taman Tasik Indah Residents Association chairman Eva Ooi expressed concern that the discarded items at the vacant land could become an ideal breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes.

“The area was previously a dengue hot spot as several cases had been reported there.

“Some of the open containers collect stagnant water.

“We want the authorities to evict these squatters and remove the old buses and containers as they are an eyesore.

A check by StarMetro revealed 10 containers and eight buses had been left idle at the site.

A rack of clothes was found in between two containers, suggesting there might be people squatting there.

Batu MP Tian Chua said the land was owned by KTM Bhd and Railway Asset Corporation (RAC) had given permission to a bus operator to store used and condemned buses at the site.

“Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) issued a summonses to the operator on Dec 16 but they cannot issue an eviction notice because the land is privately owned.

“The land should not be used to store condemned and used buses or containers as they poses a health and security risk to residents.

“Some of the containers have also been placed on the road reserves,” he said.

In a statement by RAC, their investigations revealed that the bus operator did not violate any terms as stated in the land leasing offer letter after they visited the site on Jan 12.

“The squatters staying at the site are legal workers of the bus operator company.

“However RAC will meet with the company to sort out the workers placement and clean up the place.

“RAC will continue to monitor the situation and should the squatters create any unease to the residents, we will terminate the lease,” the statement said.

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