IT MAY sometimes be a thankless job, but the Taman Bukit Maluri Residents Association (TBMRA) always tries its best when it comes to neighbourhood security and community activities.
Taman Bukit Maluri has about 3,300 homes and TBMRA covers a significant portion of the neighbourhood, coexisting alongside other smaller residents groups.
The smaller residents groups were established to oversee security in their respective zones, while TBMRA focuses more on community activities.
TBMRA chairman Ng Kok Piew said the RA, which was formally established in 2010, used its annual grant from Registrar of Societies (RoS) to fund one big community event every quarter of the year.
These events include their Mid-Autumn Festival Carnival, Respect For The Aged Day and their special “Lala Lila Tampung” childhood games carnival.
The childhood games carnival has been held for the last three years, with residents enjoying up to 17 traditional games such as hopscotch, batu seremban and marbles.
“The childhood games are something that brings us joy and we are always on the lookout for more to add to our carnival,” said Ng, adding that the games helped bring people of different generations together.
The RA has hosted many other beneficial programmes for residents in the past, including a fire safety programme with a special “fireman workshop” for children as well as personal safety workshops for women.
They often collaborate with medical centres to conduct health check programmes for their residents.
In regards to maintenance issues in the neighbourhood, Ng said establishing good rapport with government agencies such as Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Alam Flora helped in getting their problems looked into.
“We proactively go out to meet government officers and this helps us develop a good relationship with them,” said Ng.
He admitted that it was challenging to get all residents to pay the security fees, so the RA allowed residents who could not afford to contribute a smaller amount.
“Among the RA committee members, we are very transparent about how much each resident is paying,” he said, adding that the monthly fees they collected were sufficient to cover neighbourhood security expenses.
For Ng’s zone in Taman Bukit Maluri, the residents adopt innovative ideas to improve security and communication between residents.
Security measures such as public remote-activated sirens, a flag system to notify residents of recent crimes and the surveillance of public zones such as the park and the outside of the school have helped bring crime rates down drastically.
The security guards in Ng’s zone even have a special programme where residents who are going away for extended periods of time can request for extra patrols at their home.
Ng said their efforts in improving neighbourhood security even caught the attention of the Sentul police, who once told them that they had the second lowest crime rate in the district.
Moving forward, Ng hoped government agencies would improve on their speed of service, particularly in regards to maintenance.