KUALA Selangor District Council (MDKS) has clarified that the abandoned and dilapidated Kuala Selangor Rest House in Kota Melawati does not fall under the council’s jurisdiction as it is under the Kuala Selangor District Land Office.
MDKS secretary Azahari Sairin said the rest house was the land office’s responsibility.
“The district council’s duty is to care for the cleanliness and safety aspects of Kota Melawati. It’s the land office that oversees the rest house.
“Other agencies, such as the district Public Works Department and Drainage and Irrigation Department oversee the buildings on the hill,” he said.
He added that Selangor State Malay Culture and Heritage Corporation had even gazetted Kota Melawati under its authority. On the amphitheatre and public toilets, Azahari said the council oversaw the cleaning in the morning, afternoon and evening, three times a week.
“Vandalism is common as irresponsible people have damaged the facilities.
“Another culprit is the monkeys that live on the hill that pull apart plastic water piping and even the taps,” he said.
He added that the council’s enforcement team conducted patrols to ensure the safety of tourists, as well as prevent people from painting graffiti and vandalising public property.
Klang Consumer Association president Devadass Anjan said Tourism Malaysia must step in to have discussions with Selangor Government about what the state should do and what it was not doing.
“Kota Melawati is a tourist attraction and Selangor can earn a lot from tourism here but the state is simply letting opportunities slip from its hands.
“Tourism Malaysia must seek to revoke the rights of the Public Works Department and Drainage and Irrigation Department that oversee the buildings on the hill. It must come under Tourism Malaysia,” he said.
He reiterated that the tourist facilities on the hill must not be left in an abandoned state.
Selangor Tourism Sdn Bhd public relations, communication and marketing manager Ahmad Nazri Ashriq Rahmat said 5.2 million foreign and domestic tourists visited Selangor between January and July this year.
“In 2014, we saw 3.6 million domestic tourists while 2.5mil were foreigners. From January to July this year, Selangor earned close to RM3.7bil noted from tourism receipts,” he added.