A rotting tree bare of leaves that posed a danger to residents in Jalan Bunga Chempaka 5 in Taman Mawah, Ampang was finally chopped down with help from Teratai assemblyman Jenice Lee.
Fearing that the tree may fall anytime, the residents filed several complaints to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), but no action was taken.
The residents then sought help from Lee, who forked out RM4,000 to bring down the tree.
Lee, said complaints regarding the tree were channeled to the council since last year.
“When the residents complained to MPAJ, they council replied that they could not do anything about it. They even said the residents can claim insurance should anything happen to the windscreens of their cars.
“The residents are not worried about the windscreens of their cars or the insurance, but their safety is at risk,” she said, adding that it was best to cut the tree before anything unfortunate happened.
She believed that the tree had been poisoned on purpose by someone who wanted to get rid of it.
“MPAJ has to be consistent in trimming and carrying out regular maintenance. The allocation is there, so why not use it?
“It is the duty of the council, not the residents, to cut and trim trees that pose a danger,” Lee said.
She added that the MPAJ Road Gang, a mobile action unit could be utilised for such exercises in the area.
On a separate matter, Lee is also inviting residents around Ampang for a nature walk to Taman Saga Hill on Labour Day starting at 7.30am.
“The route up the hill is said to be interesting but a lot of people have a hard time finding their way back.
“So we will see what kind of facilities that can be provided and identify a safe track,” she said, adding that the hill can lead to Cheras Hartamas and Hulu Langat.
Participation is free. Breakfast will be provided. There will also be a short talk.
For details, call 03-4295 1267.