Public walkway destroyed


Contractors caught on camera demolishing the walkway in Jalan Ampang. By the time DBKL arrived at the scene, the entire walkway was just rubble.

Contractors caught on camera demolishing the walkway in Jalan Ampang. By the time DBKL arrived at the scene, the entire walkway was just rubble.

A PEDESTRIAN walkway on Jalan Ampang near the AIA building was illegally demolished by unscrupulous contractors last week, leaving the place with a big pile of mess.

After the incident, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station and barricaded the spot.

However, the contractors came back a few days later and again started carrying out work on the spot despite being warned against it.

It is learnt that a second police report was lodged on March 7, and that DBKL enforcement officers confiscated equipment used to demolish the walkway, including a road roller and safety cones.

Witnesses who work in the vicinity said the contractors carried out the demolition last Friday, saying they were merely following orders.

A contractor caught on camera demolishing the walkway in Jalan Ampang
Contractors caught on camera demolishing the walkway in Jalan Ampang. By the time DBKL arrived at the scene, the entire walkway was just rubble.

“When we enquired what was happening, they said: ‘We are following boss’ order’,’’ said a witness who works in the nearby AIA building.

“I knew something was not right, so I immediately called the DBKL hotline,’’ he said.

A DBKL spokesman confirmed receiving complaints from the public.

“When we sent our people over to the scene, it was already too late and the entire walkway was just rubble.

“We do not know who did this and what their motives might be, but we have lodged a police report and will leave the investigation to them,’’ the spokesman said.

When asked who was responsible, he said: “We are investigating the matter.”

“I assure you that we will get to the bottom of this. When we find out what happened the culprit will be made to pay for the damage.

“Nobody is above the law, but at the same time we do not want to accuse anyone,’’ the spokesman said, adding that DBKL officers would continue to monitor the situation.