TAMAN Bukit Belimbing resident Yap Kah Yoke has been living in fear that the trees behind her house will fall and damage her property, or hurt her family during a storm.
Yap’s house in Jalan Kesuma, Seri Kembangan is near a slope where large trees stand and some appear unstable.
“My grandchildren live here. I am worried for their safety. I have complained about the slope and the trees for more than five years but nothing has been done,” she said.
Yap is not the only one who has to put up with inaction by the local authority.
Residents’ association deputy chairman Vincent Raj said residents in more than five neighbourhoods in the area were plagued by issues that have not been resolved for years.
One such issue is the basketball court in Jalan Alamanda, which was repaired twice by two different contractors in 2016, but continues to be in poor condition.
Vincent said after several complaints, they were told that the court’s surface was possibly damaged by people riding their motorcycles on it.
“I asked for a no-entry warning sign for motorcyclists be put up but Kajang Municipal Council placed the sign out of public view and it now faces a row of houses,” he said.
Women who practise tai chi in the morning complained of poor lighting at the court.
Heavy vehicles entering Taman Bukit Belimbing via the main road of Jalan Belimbing are also a cause for concern.
Some residents claim that the pressure of these vehicles caused cracks to their homes.
“There are alternative routes but they choose to use the main road.
“Day and night, heavy vehicles are parked along the main road. The road is bad despite resurfacing works,” said Vincent.
At night, he added, the vehicles’ emergency lights and engines were left running, further disrupting the peace.
In other areas such as Jalan Seloja, although the roads in front of houses had been resurfaced, the service roads leading out of the neighbourhood were riddled with deep potholes.
Taman Bukit Belimbing residents also voiced dissatisfaction over waste collection, as well as maintenance of drains and public spaces.
They said there have also been car thefts.
Resident Doreen Choong said the drains along Jalan Alamanda were clogged with rubbish and overgrown grass.
In the past two weeks, she added, there has been an acrid smell in the air, most likely from the nearby industrial area.
Taman Bukit Belimbing is part of the Seri Kembangan state constituency.
Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah said he would arrange a meeting between the area’s councillor and residents on issues affecting them.
A date for the meeting has yet to be set.
Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) corporate and community development department assistant administrative officer Nadhirah Mohd Noor said its Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Department would investigate the complaints of open burning. The council will also monitor the area regularly.
However, the council did not comment on the maintenance of Taman Bukit Belimbing, only saying that it was under the supervision of an appointed contractor.
Nadhirah added that MPKj would cut down old trees on the slope behind homes along Jalan Kesuma in stages, depending on the budget.
In 2016, the council felled 12 trees, and late last month, another 15.
The tree-cutting exercise needs to be done manually (by climbing trees) because there are no entry points for skylifts and roll-on, roll-off lorries.Vincent says the basketball court in Taman Bukit Belimbing needs repair works.