Worried residents want vacant plot fenced up
Published: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
AMPANG: Broken house and car windows along Jalan Bukit Permai 2/4 caused by children playing football on a vacant piece of land there are making residents fear for their safety, and they want the place fenced up.
“This has been happening for the past three to four years and now it’s just getting worse. Most of the children playing here are not even from this neighbourhood,” said resident Wilson Cheah.
The 43-year-old explained that the plot located between houses used to be fenced up two decades ago by the developer. But it was torn down four years ago.
Lee (third from right) and Cheah (second from right) looking at the drain which needs to be upgraded.
According to residents, children gather there every evening to play football, putting neighbouring residents at risk when the ball breaks windows of houses and cars nearby.
Most of the time, children will also be seen climbing into the double-storey terrace houses to retrieve stray balls.
Residents have also tried explaining the dangers of playing football there to parents, but to no avail.
“Some of the parents even scolded those who complained and asked if its money that they were after,” he said.
Residents hope that the area will either be fenced up or be converted into a proper playground to deter children from playing football there.
“I will highlight this to MPAJ (Ampang Jaya Municipal Council) and urge them to fence up this area immediately. This land has been handed back to the government so we will fence it up and then upgrade it to a playground,” said DAP Pandan parliamentary liaison committee chairperson Jenice Lee.
She explained that the fence will go up as soon as possible for the safety of residents nearby.
Meanwhile, she will also urge the council to upgrade a drain nearby, beside the Jalan Bukit Permai 2 playground, which is not well connected and wide enough to accomodate heavy rain.
“Residents claimed that MPAJ has dug and widened the drain previously but two months after digging floods happened again,” she said.
According to residents, MPAJ contractors leave the earth beside the drain after widening works and this is washed back into the drain during heavy rain later.
“They don’t even bother to clear the soil and dirt. When I complain to MPAJ they even scold me for complaining. I hope MPAJ will just upgrade it,” said Cheah.
Lee assured residents that she will highlight this to MPAJ and urge them to file this as part of their drainage upgrades project.