AS activities resume under the recovery movement control order (MCO), vandalism is rearing its ugly head in the city once again.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) reported that several of its facilities were damaged within the past week.
In response, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said DBKL would use CCTV footage to ensure those who damaged public property were punished.
“We should not tolerate vandalism and people must report it to the authorities if they see it happening.
“Let us all do our part and take care of the city,” he said.
Last Friday, a durian seller along Jalan Kilang in Setapak was issued a compound after DBKL enforcement officers found that the operator had cut a portion of the pedestrian railing to conduct his business.
Following a public tip-off, officers found that the operator, who was selling fruits on the pedestrian walkway, had also set up tables and chairs there.
A DBKL spokesman said that along with the compound, the operator would have to replace the railing.
“The traders removed the fence because they wanted to provide access to their durian stalls, but this is vandalism.
“We had already simplified the application for durian traders’ licences so that operators would not be burdened by it,” he said.
He reminded traders, who had been granted temporary permits, not to damage public property in the course of conducting their business. Action on the offending durian trader was taken under Section
3 (e) of the Vandalism By-laws (Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur) 1991 for damaging public property, which carries a maximum compound of RM2,000.
On July 8, DBKL also highlighted an incident where one of its book kiosks in Bukit Bintang was damaged after someone threw a rock at it. The irresponsible action broke the glass-fronted kiosk.
“If you do not like reading, do not stop other people from enjoying this pastime. Learn to take care of public property as you take care of yourself,” DBKL said in a post on its social media.
The book kiosks are part of DBKL’s Book Lane initiative, where more than 20 spots in Kuala Lumpur will be converted into book lanes with kiosks and murals promoting reading.
The lanes include Jalan Yap Ah Loy, Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang and Kampung Baru.
As part of Kuala Lumpur being named World Book Capital for 2020 by Unesco, DBKL had planned to host a series of events in April
aimed at creating greater reading culture among residents but activities were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
To alert DBKL on vandalism of public property, call 1-800-88-3255.
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