KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has identified the culprits who damaged its security bollards in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) and Jalan Ampang.
Several of the multicoloured bollards installed on those two streets were broken and had fallen off their base.
“One was a deliberate act by a food delivery rider, which was caught on our CCTV cameras and another was an accident caused by a lorry driver who ran over the OKU-friendly bollard in Jalan Ampang, ” said DBKL Project Implementation and Building Maintenance Department director Norzaini Noordin.
“CCTV cameras connected to the Integrated Transport Information System (Itis) managed to capture the incident along Jalan Ampang, which showed the lorry hitting the structure. So we know it was an accident.
“But the food delivery rider kicked the security bollards like they were balls.
“It was deliberate, so we considered it an act of vandalism, ” she added.
Norzaini said the enforcement team would investigate the incidents and decide if they want to press charges against the culprits.
Two months ago, DBKL installed the security bollards — made of concrete — in and around the city centre to keep motorcyclists off pedestrian walkways.
StarMetro had earlier reported that the security bollards were placed to keep motorcyclists and traders from invading walkways and endangering pedestrians as well as cyclists.
The bollards, a brainchild of mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah, soon became an Instagram sensation.
Norzaini said that although she was disappointed with the act of vandalism, it would not stop DBKL from installing more of such bollards in other parts of the city.
She disclosed that the cost to repair the damaged bollards was estimated at RM5,000.
“It is a safety feature and people like it.
“We just need to create more awareness and educate people to safeguard public property, ’’ she added.