Why fence up a park?

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPEAK UP -

A GROUP of us are fre­quent pa­tro­n­is­ers of Ta­man Ke­lana Jaya, a pub­lic park by the LDP high­way in Petaling Jaya. We are there prac­ti­cally ev­ery day walk­ing, jog­ging and ex­er­cis­ing.

Many of us have been us­ing the park’s fa­cil­i­ties for over 15 years.

We were taken aback about two weeks ago, when we saw work­ers putting up fences around the park.

What is the in­ten­tion of Ma­jlis Ban­daraya Petaling Jaya? Are they in­tend­ing to charge us for en­try into the park? Or are they stretch­ing the present call for gated com­mu­ni­ties a bit too far?

I also feel that a fenced-up park would make it less safe es­pe­cially in case of a rob­bery; the fence would pre­vent the vic­tim from run­ning away and out to safety from the per­pe­tra­tor.

The con­di­tions at the park it­self have for long time been medi­ocre:

1. There is only one toi­let for the pub­lic but it is al­ways locked.

2. It only has a few poorly cho­sen ex­er­cise equip­ment and they are badly main­tained;

3. Benches and fix­tures are dam­aged and have not been re­paired or re­placed;

4. Two nice build­ings have been left va­cant for few years and have now be­come eye­sores;

5. De­spite sign­boards pro­hibit­ing cy­cling, fish­ing and pets in the park, all these are still hap­pen­ing;

6. Main­te­nance and clean­li­ness need to be im­proved;

7. There have been snatch thefts and rob­beries.

A parks and land­scape of­fice is within the park com­pound but no one on duty seems to have an in­ter­est in what is hap­pen­ing in the park. The of­fice has been in­dif­fer­ent to writ­ten and oral com­plaints.

Money spent on the flimsy fenc­ing could be bet­ter used to cor­rect some of the short­com­ings men­tioned.

I urge MBPJ to stop work on the fenc­ing.

A Proud Res­i­dent Petaling Jaya

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