THE commercial area of Bandar Menjalara, Kepong, is well known for its many restaurants.
I am not against this but it is very obvious that the cleanliness in the area has fallen way below the acceptable limit.
Terribly dirty, these restaurants also put out chairs and tables on the kerb between the main roads.
Also, they have even covered a green patch with cement. This is land that is owned by the local authority. How did these restaurants get away with this?
Patrons of these restaurants park illegally on the main road, causing traffic congestion.
Although I have many times contacted City Hall over this issue, they never seem to do the job right. What's more, the chairs and tables mysteriously disappear before the enforcement officers arrive.
City Hall officers do come around the area every now and then to fine the cars parked illegally but whenever they do so it is always way after the peak hours of breakfast and lunch.
And while issuing these parking summonses, they do not bother to check on the cleanliness of these restaurants. If they did, I'm sure some of them would have been closed by now.
With all the rubbish and rats running around the neighbourhood, I can only cross my fingers and hope that an epidemic does not break out.
Illegal awnings and construction works on these restaurants are also a common sight. One restaurant has conveniently closed the pavement behind a commercial lot and set up a a kitchen. Without a proper garbage disposal area, this restaurant has resorted to throwing their rubbish on the roads.
I urge the authorities to look into this matter for the sake of the community's health.