THERE is lack of commitment and participation from business operators whenever residents associations carry out gotong-royong activities in their neighbourhood.
This was evident when the Taman Desa Residents Association (TDRA) carried out its quarterly clean-up at Faber Plaza commercial centre in Taman Desa, Jalan Kelang Lama.
“About 150 people turned up for the event, but only 20% were from Faber Plaza,” said TDRA vice-chairman Yap Biow Hwee.
“Our members went door to door informing people about the event, but the turnout was disappointing,” he said.
TDRA chairman Wong Chan Choy agreed with Yap.
“Everyone should play their part in keeping the drains and roads in their area clean,” Wong said.
Yap said Faber Plaza was identified as among the top three dirtiest commercial areas in Taman Desa by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
“There are 64 units here, so there should be more representation from them,” he said.
Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Loga Bala Mohan, who was at the event, said gotong-royong was an activity that required the participation of an entire community.
“It benefits both the residential and commercial occupants, so it must be carried out regularly to create more awareness.
“TDRA has done a good job so far, so I hope to see more people join in the gotong-royong in future,’’ he said.
The event started at 7am and ended at noon. About 15 workers from DBKL’s Seputeh branch joined the residents to spruce up the area.
Armed with brooms, rakes, wheelbarrows, paint brushes and parang, they worked in teams. Drains were cleaned, overgrown tree branches trimmed and road kerbs painted.
The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia also set up a booth to educate the local community on recycling. Members were seen segregating the waste for their recycling centre in Taman Danau Desa.