AS SHAH Alam City Council (MBSA) continues to remind residents to clean up their surroundings to destroy Aedes breeding grounds, their own contractors are neglecting to follow the same rules.
In recent months, MBSA has been stepping up efforts to reduce the number of dengue cases through gotong-royong efforts but for residents of Jalan Anggerik Oncidium 31/80D, their basic maintenance has been forgotten.
Residents said for the past few years there had been more mosquitoes as well as uncollected garbage in the area garbage as contractors regularly missed their streets.
Their lane is strewn with dead leaves, some covering the road or swept into piles of garden waste placed in plastic bags. Stagnant water and a swarm of mosquitoes could be seen around the garden waste.
Resident Tan Sri Prof Dr James Alfred said most times the garden waste was not collected even after two weeks.
“They come regularly but they only service the lanes closer to the entrance, we are forgotten,” he said.
During StarMetro’s visit, a garden waste truck was seen plying the route closer to the security guards’ posts near Oncidium Heights however the truck never made their way to Jalan Oncidium 31/80D.
The trees shed leaves quite often and residents are forced to sweep their lanes several times a day.
The branches also hang dangerously close to the houses and several mishaps have occurred in the past.
Resident David Lee, 55, said his car had been struck by a falling tree branch.
“We are talking about the safety of people and vehicles on this street. So far no one has been hit yet but must we wait for such an unfortunate incident first before we take action,?” he asked.
Lee said he swept the dead leaves at least twice a day to keep the road in front of his home clean.
Another resident KC Ong, whose car still bears the mark of a fallen branch, said he now feared that a overhanging branch would fall on someone.
All three men concurred that the large trees should not be planted in residential areas like theirs.
All three believe the trees should be replanted or trimmed at the very least to resolve the problem.
Lee also said since the contractors could not come as often as desired, maintaining the trees may not be a good solution for everybody.
He said their complaints to the Kota Kemuning MBSA branch office had fallen on deaf ears so far.
According to James, he has lodged a minimum of eight complaints to MBSA in the last two years about the trees alone.
“No one has come to check on the complaints or even investigate our claims. We only get an acknowledgement of receipt for our complaints,” he said.
He said the crux of the problem lay in the lack of supervision of contractors. He believes that the contractors are not being monitored closely or audited well enough.
“They should come out and pass survey forms asking for feedback of their services. We do not have any details of the contractors either,” he said.
When contacted MBSA deputy corporate communications director Shahrin Ahmad said road cleaning works are conducted twice a month.
“In view of the complaints brought up, MBSA Kota Kemuning branch officers will oversee the works in the near future,” he added.
If the contractor has failed to do their cleaning works according to schedule, MBSA will issue a notice to correct and will cut their payment.