- Published on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:48
KAJANG: Smacked in the middle of a housing area, what appears to be 'bodies' of car wreckages and unkempt landscapes littered with garbage and overgrown vegetation were clearly visible to our Malaysian Digest team.
The one question that looms over our heads would be, who exactly is in charge of this and what actions will be taken?
The appalling discovery was made in the housing area of Taman Koperasi LLN in Sg Chua, Kajang. The issue clearly bothers the residents who live in the area as they were highly irritated with the opening of car workshops that offer car 'chop-shop' services.
A further observation by the mD team deduced that an area as large as 2 hectares were equally covered in zinc and the growth of unkempt vegetation.
Residents who bared witness to the issue for the past 10 years expressed their dissatisfaction and unease with the notion that the land had been transformed into a car 'chop-shop'.
Furthermore, the future construction of a double storey car park appears to be in discussion at the 2 hectare sized land.
Yet no proof of such development can be seen, will it happen? or will the land remain as a playground for the infestation of wild animals?
A local by the name of Zam an, in his fifties, is visibly exasperated with the unkempt and filthy area next to his home.
"Just take a look at the condition of the workshop, its messy, filthy and unkempt, it's hard for us to live just next to it."
"Residents here have made complaints to the Majlis Perbandaran Kajang (MPKJ) in the past regarding the activities that takes place here and how it's uncomfortable for us. But till today, no action had been taken and the place just gets worse and worse" Zaman told mD.
According to Zaman, residents are kept out of the loop regarding the status of the land, whether it has been reported or if it had been bought by someone as every time a complaint had been made, no action had been taken with the sole 'excuse' that the owner of the land isn't identified.
"For us, the residents, this is the question we'd like to know the answer to, I heard that a Chinese developer opened the car chop shop years ago and claimed that the land is his, hence, fencing the area with zinc."
"The condition of the workshop is out of control and I'm unaware of the status of what they're doing because everyone here is scared to go in there. Also, there are no signboards informing us as to what goes on in there."
"We don't know if it's legal or not but what's important is that any business that takes place here must be organized and kept well because if it isn't it'll be a discomfort for us all, said Zaman."
He insisted that the most important thing for the residents would be a sense of safety as pools of still water and unkempt bushes pose a very dangerous threat.
"We've had a lot of cases of people being bitten because of the pools of still water all over the place. A lot people got dengue fever and my mother in law is the most recent case. She had to be admitted to a hospital ward" he added.
Echoing Zaman’s statement, Sugumurun, 40s, worries about the unsafe nature of the area and the abandoned land.
"It's not just dengue, other animals like snakes pose a threat especially to young children."
"Our house is clean and well kept because we know the importance of cleanliness but we still find creatures like snakes, rats and big lizards" he said after being interviewed at the Taman Koperasi yesterday, he explained.
He added, that complaints were made a long time ago but nothing has been done to solve the issue. We choose not to insist but something has to be done regarding the matter.
Another resident by the name of Usop, 40s, who lives in the Ros apartment next to the Taman Koperasi (LLN) feels the effects of the rundown place.
Asked about the response from the responsible parties, he insisted that despite numerous times of filing complaints to the MPKJ and Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) have managed to observe the sight a couple of time.
"But too bad, they came just to say they've been here but no actions were taken till now" he complained to mD.
The real question is the truth behind these claims, specifically if MPKJ and ADUN had not responded to this issue despite countless amounts of time the local residents had complained?
mD had attempted to contact members of the Bangi and Hulu Langat parliament as well as MPKJ yet we got no response.
Residents of Taman Koperasi LLN are begging for an immediate response pertaining to this issue.
The government and MPKJ ought to clarify to the residents to soothe their worries for they have been restless with it for a really long time.