AS Kuala Lumpur celebrates the 39th Federal Territories (FT) Day, city folk are looking forward to big changes. But for some, it is the changes happening closer to home that will matter the most.
The Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry has set up a fund to improve the safety and security of housing schemes in the city.
Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said the fund, called the Tabung Keselamatan 1Wilayah Persekutuan (1WP-Security Fund), will be used to upgrade security in residential areas.
The fund will allow residents’ associations (RAs) to upgrade, restore and run security awareness programmes in their neighbourhoods.
The upgrade includes restoration of fences and safety barricades, installation of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs), setting up intercom links, guard posts, police beat-bases, safety lights and convex mirrors as well as patrolling activities for neighbourhood watch units.
StarMetro caught up with a few residents in Kuala Lumpur to get their views on this scheme and other issues.
Bangsar Park resident John Aruputham, 55, is hoping that the security in his housing estate will be beefed up.
“The area is notorious for snatch thefts and I have heard of many incidents where people have been injured because the thieves were violent,” he said.
On the 1WP-Security Fund, John said it was a step in the right direction for the community.
“With more CCTVs at strategic locations in the area, the thieves will think twice before committing crimes,” he said.
Carolyn Loh, PAW-fect Cutz owner in Lorong Maarof, said any additional security to the area would be a welcome relief.
“I used to live in Jalan Maarof, but moved out a few years later after hearing stories of rampant burglaries in the area,” Loh said.
She had also installed CCTVs and a security door with a buzzer system at her shop for added security.
Cashier Salamiah Jamaludin, 39, who is working in Bangsar, also wants to see more security in the city.
She hopes that there will be more security personnel at shopping centres and housing areas.
“I hope to see the streets well lit as some areas do not have proper lighting,” she said.
However, it is not all about increasing security as Puchong resident Anastasia Tan Su Lynn, 21, wants to see the transportation system in Kuala Lumpur upgraded.
She said the transportation system had to be reliable and working smoothly.
“The existing bus-stops should be upgraded as there are many that do not have roofs or seats. New ones should be built at strategic locations,” she added.
Student Steffie Wong Shu Hui, 23, agreed.
“There should be better connectivity in the public transportation system to make it convenient for everyone,” said Wong, who resides in Sungai Buloh.
She added that roads in the city should be upgraded and properly maintained.
“If contractors do a proper job the first time, there will not be a need for patch-up works later,” she said.
However businessman S. Anandbabu, 25, who stays at Sri Pahang Flats in Bangsar, felt that the city was developed enough and as such attention should be paid to maintaining current infrastructure.
“We already have enough buildings and transport systems.
“We just need to make sure that they are all in working condition and optimise their usage,” he explained.