I USED to study and work in Kuala Lumpur. While there, I stayed in many places around the Klang Valley but one of the places which really intrigued me was Bangsar.
I chose to stay in Bangsar because I have wonderful relatives and friends staying there.
I also found that it was convenient because of the public transportation and shopping centres.
The evening strolls I often took around the neighbourhood really helped me overcome stress.
However, I am surprised to see that many houses in the residential areas in Bangsar have been converted into commercial units such as shops, offices and restaurants.
The order of the closure of One Bangsar more than a year ago clearly showed the unhappiness of Bangsar residents of having commercial units in a residential area.
Residents have also expressed their displeasure over commercial units being opened in other residential areas in Bangsar.
I am sure residents want to stay in a peaceful neighbourhood without the disturbances that usually arise from commercial areas like pollution, traffic and parking woes.
Therefore, City Hall plays a significant role in not allowing residential units to be converted for commercial purposes.
City Hall must also ensure that business operators be responsible and operate only in commercial areas.
Residents in any area would surely want their neighbours to be loving families rather than a shop or an office.