KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will hold a special meeting with various department heads and residents of Bukit Bandaraya in Bangsar within the next two weeks to sort out various issues plaguing the neighbourhood.
Some 50 residents vented out their frustrations over unresolved problems including safety, health and enforcement during a meet-up session with DBKL Planning deputy director-general Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah last week.
Jalan Jejawi resident Amirul Sopiee, 37, said the crime rate in the area had risen significantly over the past few years.
“There had been at least 30 break-ins last year and yet there has been no police action.
“Even my wife had three run-ins with snatch thieves just outside our home,” he said
Amirul added the conversion of homes into business was also another issue that should be looked into seriously.
“Because of lack of enforcement, people are selling off their homes to be used as businesses.
“The staff and customers who frequent the offices tend to park haphazardly which is inconveniencing us.
“The mushrooming of kindergartens without consideration to traffic and parking conditions is worsening the situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jalan Pudina resident Ho Sai Keng, 72, lamented that the neighbourhood has become a free carpark for non-residents.
“Because Bukit Bandaraya is so close to places like Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) and the Bangsar Baru commercial centre, people park their vehicles in the residential areas to avoid paying for parking.
“The residents have had to resort to placing cones or flower pots to ensure that outsiders do not obstruct our homes.
“Once, an angry motorist even threw aside one of the pots placed in front of my home in order to park there,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association chairman Datuk M. Ali said many of the issues stemmed from lack of enforcement and maintenance by DBKL.
“Take the hawker stall at the junction of Jalan Sena and Lorong Maarof, for example.
“Despite numerous calls and letters to DBKL to look into the stall to check if it was licensed, nothing has been done.
“The stall, which has been operating for some four years is causing traffic congestion as people park by the roadside to have their lunch. There are even tables and chairs placed for customers.
“How can there be a hawker stall in a residential area?” Ali questioned.
He added that these and several other issues as well as suggestions had been handed over to Mahadi.
Mahadi, who only talked to residents for 15 minutes, said as not all the issues pertained to his department, a meeting would be held after Chinese New Year with the relevant departments.
“Some of the problems may take time to address as we have to look into several options.
“But, we will certainly take the residents’ suggestions into consideration,” he said.
Also present during the meet-up session were DBKL Urban Transportation Department deputy director Steven Tan and DBKL Planning Department Enforcement Unit head Rosli Nordin.