SEVERAL abandoned vehicles that have been parked along SS2/72 in Petaling Jaya for several months are causing concern among residents in the area.
Surrounded by houses and condominiums, some residents feel uneasy as they believe these vehicles may become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
During a recent visit StarMetro noticed at least six cars parked along the road, with many of them stripped of their doors, bonnets and upholstery, while most of the cars still had number plates on them.
Some of the cars had a yellow police tape draped around them and were collecting water.
A thick layer of dried leaves could also be found underneath some of the cars, with many containing rubbish including bottles, cups, a steering wheel cover and even a pillow.
A faded notice that appears to be from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) can be seen on the window of one of the abandoned cars, with a warning not to leave vehicles which are not roadworthy, in public places.
A resident, who only wanted to be known as Sam, 42, said the vehicles had been there “for very long” but was uncertain about the length of time.
“I think someone just stole the parts and left the cars here,” he said.
A woman, who declined to be named, said the number of abandoned vehicles has increased in the past few months.
SS2 resident Max Chong, 33, urged MBPJ to remove the vehicles as they were a health hazard, in view of rampant dengue cases in Selangor.
He questioned why the authorities had not removed the eyesore although it was clear they were aware of the problem, based on the police tape and council notices on the vehicles.
MBPJ Public Relations Department director Haniza Abdul Hamid said the council had issued 14-day notices for the cars to be removed.
She said the council would attempt to locate the vehicle owners with the help of the Road Transport Department and police.
She said MBPJ had not towed away the vehicles because it did not enough space to store abandoned vehicles.
“We are in the process of completing our new garage in Jalan Teknologi 3/6, Kota Damansara,” she said, adding that it was expected to be completed sometime early this year.