WITH rapid development and destruction of trees in several Petaling Jaya neighbourhoods, residents have revived a community watch to monitor the Petaling Jaya City Council and raise their concerns collectively.
Calling themselves “MBPJ Watch,” the social media group that was formed in 2018 for residents to respond to mega projects in Section 13 that they claimed impacted their quality of life.
The group was revived recently to act as a watchdog and had brought to light the destruction of trees along Jalan Universiti, Jalan 17/21 as well as other environmental issues.
Section 17 resident Tracy Toh, in a post, said the residents needed to band together to show MBPJ that it was not only one or two residents who objected to the felling of trees.
She said many trees had been chopped down in various areas of Petaling Jaya over the years.
However, several residents’ report of nine trees having been cut down along Jalan Universiti on Aug 2 was found to be false.
MBPJ Zon 11 councillor Thayalan Krishnasamy confirmed that no more trees were felled since the end of July.
Resident Rachel Soon had checked on the trees after reading the reports, and was thankful that the additional tree-felling turned out to be false alarm.
“I think people were quite sensitive to reports of tree cutting as there has been some questionable council action with nearby residents hearing chainsaw noises throughout the night, so there was some unfortunate jumping to conclusions,” said Soon.
She added that it was likely the chainsaw noises and fresh sawdust on the ground observed by residents were council workers removing the leftover tree stumps.