WHAT was supposed to be a stress-free outing for his family at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa on Christmas Day turned out to be the opposite for a salesman from Segambut.
Helmi Syed Harun who lives in a low cost unit in Kuala Lumpur said he had wanted to take his children to the popular park for a long time, and had only now found the time to do so on Saturday (Dec 25).
But when he got to the park, he was annoyed that he was not able to find a single parking lot near the lake.
“At least 70% of the public parking bays located on Jalan Kuantan were hijacked by traders either selling food, drinks or renting out bicycles and e-scooters,’’ said the father of three.
“I kept going around and around looking for a spot, but even the inner roads were taken up by other people who were not able to find a parking spot,’’ added the irate city resident.
Helmi told Star Metro that after over 30 minutes looking for a parking spot, he finally found one inside an inner road nearby.
“My three year old and I are now feeling cranky,’’ he said.
“Why is there no enforcement by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)?” he asked.
“Public parking bays are for people and not stalls. There is no point in having a beautiful park but parking facilities here are given out to traders to do business,’’ he added.
A jogger, who identified himself as Edwin Raj, echoed similar sentiments, adding that he too often found it hard to find parking in the area.
“I have to come really early to grab a spot, otherwise it’s impossible to get parking after 10am,’’ he said.
A Titiwangsa resident living nearby who only identified himself as Osman said he was aware that the traders were only trying to make a living, but added that it was not right for them to break the law to do so.
“As ratepayers we want to live in a clean and congestion-free environment and not be forced to put up with the mess the stall owners bring with them,’’ he said.
When Star Metro visited the park at 9.30am, there was no parking available and at least 50 bays were occupied by the stalls, mostly run by operators renting out bicycles.
Some stalls were empty but looked to have been pre-booked by the traders planning on coming in later in the day.
The stall operators were also causing congestion along Jalan Kuantan, in part due to people solely going there to buy food.
When contacted, a DBKL officer from the enforcement department said traders are not allowed to place their stalls on parking bays meant for the public, adding that it was in contravention of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 and Licensing Hawkers and Stall (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) By-laws 1989 and Section 101 (1) (v) of the Local Government Act 1976.
“They may have a licence to operate in KL, but certainly not on parking bays meant for cars,’’ he said, adding that action will be taken against them.