ANIMAL activist Jamil Ismail will have to look for an alternative site for his cat shelter due to objections from residents in Ampang Jaya.
“The project received strong objections from residents when it was nearing completion,” Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said after the council’s full board meeting.
“They expressed concerns about having an animal shelter close to residential areas, and insisted on sticking to the site’s original purpose of providing service to the community.
“So we decided to adhere to residents’ requests and converted the site into the Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman’s community service centre. The cages and other structures originally built for the shelter will be modified to suit the centre.”
Abdul Hamid said this when asked to comment on a memorandum from Jamil to Selangor Local Government, Public Transport and New Village Development Committee chairman Ng Sze Han by Jamil.
He had appealed for an investigation into the issue of a site allocated for a cat shelter being turned into an assemblyman’s service centre.
The 0.6ha shelter, located at Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama in Ampang Jaya, is called “Taman Rekreasi Kucing MPAJ usahasama JKCR Animal Care” (Ampang Jaya Municipal Council Cat Recreation Park joint venture with Jamil Kucing Cat Rescue Animal Care).
Jamil is hoping for the original site for the cat shelter to be returned to him, or an alternative land and funding to build the shelter.
Unable to get any response from Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Jamil said he raised the matter with the offices of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shaari, who then referred the matter to MPAJ.
“In MPAJ’s letter to the Deputy Prime Minister’s office, we explained that we are standing firm on our decision not to continue with the cat shelter,” said Abdul Hamid.
“The building site belongs to MPAJ. There was no formal agreement between MPAJ and Jamil on the construction of the cat shelter.
All expenses, design and construction work were borne by MPAJ while Jamil did not fork out any money.
“We have given our explanation to Ng and he seems satisfied with it,” he added.
Abdul Hamid said MPAJ was unable to offer an alternative space for a cat shelter within its municipality, as available sites were either too close to residential areas or forest reserve.
On the incident of a fallen crane at a construction site in Kuala Ampang, Abdul Hamid said MPAJ was waiting for a report from the developer.
“There were no injuries as the incident happened on a Sunday when there was no construction work going on,” he said, adding that no stop-work order has been issued.
“We will take follow-up action with the Occupational Safety and Health Department (DOSH), after getting the developer’s report.
“We will also ask the developer and DOSH to inspect all existing equipment to ensure there wouldn’t be any further disasters or compromises on safety, whether at the construction site or the surrounding area.”
Abdul Hamid said the developer would be given two weeks to submit a report on the incident that affected a service apartment project.