THE implementation of a gated-and-guarded scheme at Taman Desa Aman in Cheras has led to resentment among some residents.
Pensioner Ron Chin Wan San, 51, who has been staying in the area for 25 years, claimed the new automated security checkpoint had divided the community.
He said those who refused to pay for the service had been inconvenienced and marginalised.
He added the Residents Association of Desa Aman (Rada) had built an automated security barrier on Jalan Desa Aman 3 and Jalan Desa Aman 9 late last year.
Paying residents are issued with a security access card to open an automated boom gate at the security checkpoint.
“We were asked to pay RM210 per quarter in advance for the security system, RM350 per household to join the association and another RM25 for the access card.”
Chin said residents who do not want to pay have to open the automated boom gate manually by pressing a button located a distance from the security checkpoint.
Mak Thong, 67, who has been residing in the area for 18 years, said the system for non-paying residents was dangerous, especially for senior citizens and women.
“The security guards have a remote control to open the gate for visitors of Taman Desa Aman but they have been ordered not to open the gate for non-paying residents.
“I am scared for my wife as it is dangerous for her to get down from the car at night and walk over to open the gate by herself. “
Another resident who declined to be named, said Rada should not penalise or discriminate against people who can’t afford to pay for the security services.
He added that he had complained to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) on the matter and also challenged the legality of setting up the automated barrier.
Rada chairman Hassan Ghani Hamid said the RM60,000 automatic gate system was implemented after 70% of residents agreed to the scheme.
“At the annual general meeting, a majority of residents agreed to have the new security barrier installed.
“We decided to differentiate between members and non-members by having a different method of accessing Taman Desa Aman for those who don’t pay.”
Hamid agreed that not every resident has welcomed the new security system and some have even vandalised the facility.
“Someone damaged the automated barrier and vandalised the access card sensor,” he said, adding a police report had been lodged.
When contacted, a spokesman from DBKL’s Urban Transportation Department said the implementation of gated security system on landed property, was not encouraged.
“However, we understand that some residents are concerned about safety and opt to implement a gated-and-guarded security scheme.”
He said housing estates must gain support from the majority of residents.
“Under the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry guidelines, 51% of residents must agree to the implementation, whereas DBKL requires 80%.
“It is better to have a bigger majority to avoid protests and conflict among residents.”