AN abandoned piece of land at the end of Section 19/14, Petaling Jaya is being used as an illegal dumpsite, leaving the residents living nearby worried.
Besides the stench, the residents’ biggest fear is that the site has become a breeding ground for Aedes mosquitoes and is also attracting drug addicts.
They want the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to take immediate action to resolve the problem.
“We have been complaining since 2008 but no action has been taken until now.
“If anything, the problem has just become worse,” said resident Anna Chong.
Chong, who moved into the neighbourhood in 2007, lives near the abandoned land that she described as “a jungle in a city”.
The area is filled with undergrowth and illegally dumped domestic as well as construction waste.
“Some foreigners had been squatting here but were evicted and their houses demolished.
“Since then, the land has been left idle and used for unhealthy activities,” she said.
A check with MBPJ shows that the residential land is privately owned.
“Even snakes are nesting here and sometimes enter the houses nearby.
“I really hope the area will be cleared soon,” Chong said.
Another resident, Soon Hock Gin, 45, said there were now more dengue cases reported in the area.
Having lived with his family here since the late 1980s, he finds the neighbourhood a pleasant place.
“The only problem is the abandoned land. We do not want to move out as we like it here.
“MBPJ should just clear the land or get the owner to do it,” he said.
Soon said he had seen some irresponsible people dumping their rubbish there.
“When I see them, I scold them and tell them not to mar the area.
“In fact, I even found a car, which I believe was stolen, parked near the area recently.”
Chong said her car, which was parked in her compound, had been broken into three times and that she had seen strangers lurking in the area.
She said her neighbour’s air-conditioners and lorry were stolen recently.
She also claimed to have seen two men on a motorcycle going to the site to throw away empty wallets.
The residents said MBPJ should clear the land and put up a fence to deter such activities.
MBPJ councillor Lee Suet Sen said the council had called the owner a few times and asked him to clear the land.
“We will issue a notice to the owner once again. If he ignores it, we will confiscate the land,” he said.