KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) should look into setting up a special task force to oversee the management and maintenance of trees, said Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.
Lim said the group should consist of arborists appointed by DBKL, to help identify trees that need to be chopped down to avoid mishaps.
“From my years of experience in dealing with DBKL, trees are hardly chopped down as the city council is trying to preserve as many trees as possible.
“Even when they cut down trees, they do not remove the stumps and these are an eyesore and can be an obstruction,” he said.
Lim said it was necessary to get rid of trees that were dead or deemed dangerous to prevent untoward incidents and property damages.
“Taking care and maintaining trees in public areas so they are not a danger to the public is DBKL’s responsibility.
“The task force can also use their expertise to advise DBKL to plant trees that have strong and deep roots,” he said.
Lim said this in reference to the numerous incidents of uprooted trees in Kuala Lumpur including the most recent case on April 18 off Jalan 4/62A, Bandar Menjalara in Kepong.
“A freak storm occurred causing four trees to fall and three of them obstructed traffic as they were on the road,” he said, adding that there were also reports of trees falling on cars at the Medan Putra condominium.
He said due to lack of manpower, DBKL staff could not remove the trees the day after the incident.
“My staff and I received many calls from the public following the storm as the trees fell on houses and cars,” he said.
Lim also advised members of the public to submit a claim to DBKL if the trees had damaged their property.