MPAJ not tak­ing care of Ta­man Melawati res­i­dents

New Straits Times - - Letters -

I AM dis­ap­pointed with Ma­jlis Per­ban­daran Am­pang Jaya (MPAJ), Se­lan­gor.

It is not tak­ing care of the wel­fare of the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially in Ta­man Melawati.

Through MPAJ, Ta­man Melawati lost an open-space carpark at the en­trance of the hous­ing area.

The Ra­madan bazaar used to be held there. It is re­placed with a cor­po­rate cen­tre built by a pri­vate developer.

We have also lost our re­cre­ational area.

That’s where our youth and bud­ding foot­ballers used to sharpen their skills.

Melawati Mall has taken that spot.

And, in that vicin­ity is where we have our pasar malam on Tues­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days.

If that is not enough, MPAJ has for­bid­den food trucks at night at the open-air car park be­hind the BHP and Cal­tex petrol sta­tions.

While the gov­ern­ment is en­cour­ag­ing en­trepreneur­ship among youth, MPAJ seems to be dis­cour­ag­ing it.

Dur­ing week­ends, there is a car­boot sale. Where has MPAJ moved the food trucks? To a smaller open car park next to Melawati Mall.

It is in this same spot where the Ra­madan bazaar is held. There is no longer any car­boot sale.

Can any­one imag­ine hav­ing the pasar malam, Ra­madan bazaar and food trucks in the same vicin­ity? Melawati Mall is not even open yet.

Can you imag­ine what it will be like when the mall opens? How the traf­fic will be?

In a 1km ra­dius, we are see­ing the con­struc­tion of a cor­po­rate cen­tre, Melawati Mall, Serini con­do­mini­ums and MM con­do­mini­ums.

On top of that, MPAJ has de­cided to build a con­ven­tion cen­tre for 1,000 peo­ple in the vicin­ity. What we need are re­cre­ational ar­eas.

MPAJ is bent on putting up more build­ings. And, that’s what wor­ries us.

With the ban on food trucks in the open area be­hind the BHP and Cal­tex sta­tions, we are wor­ried that MPAJ may have just ap­proved an­other de­vel­op­ment there.

Ta­man Melawati used to be a serene res­i­den­tial area.

Now it is suf­fo­cated with traf­fic.

There is al­most no re­cre­ational area left with chil­dren forced to play in streets.

When the Res­i­dents Se­cu­rity As­so­ci­a­tion pro­posed fenc­ing and gates, it was re­jected.

The res­i­dents are look­ing out for them­selves, try­ing to pro­tect the chil­dren and com­mu­nity since MPAJ isn’t tak­ing care of the com­mu­nity.

This at­ti­tude is fur­ther demon­strated by its dis­in­ter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­mu­nity fo­rums.

All I can do is plead to MPAJ or the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment to take care of the com­mu­nity. Right now, we feel alone and vul­ner­a­ble.

MEGAT SHAH RIZAL NOOR IKHSAN, Hulu Ke­lang, Se­lan­gor

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