City Hall and Penampang District Council urged to be more diligent in maintenance
Published on: Wednesday June 22, 2022
From: Sidney Skinner
Council workers work hard to cut the grass on the shoulders around Taman Hiburan.
City Hall (DBKK) and Penampang District Council staff have been reminded to be more diligent in checking the road and drainage reserves under their maintenance to ensure greenery on this land does not become a nuisance or endanger the public. This follows comments from ratepayers in Semblan, Luyang and Penampang on the lack of maintenance carried out in the common areas of their respective neighborhoods. The first was concerned that some trees hovering over the house compound were being used by a non-governmental organization (NGO), while the other two were concerned that dangerous reptiles were breeding in the overgrown grass near their residences.
They provided Hotline with the location of these irregularities which was forwarded to the respective agencies. A spokesperson for the town hall said a preliminary check was carried out soon after at Lorong Ikan Pepuyu in Sembulan by staff from its Landscaping Department (LD). “They noticed that there were several acacia trees growing on an open space next to the NGO premises,” he said. “The trees had grown so tall that part of their canopies extended over the front yard of the house, as well as the road leading to the building.” He said there was a strong possibility that the overgrown branches could break at any time, especially given the heavy rains that occasionally hit the state capital. “Depending on their size, falling branches could either damage property – including cars parked within the compound – or, even worse, injure anyone caught below.”
An elevator was deployed to help city hall employees prune these Sambulan trees.
As a result, an eight-man team from the agency visited the area a few days later, he said. He said an “aerial lift” and an open truck were deployed to aid tree-trimming efforts. “The ‘mandur’ (supervisor) has been asked to monitor the greenery in this part of Sembulan to ensure that this problem does not reoccur. “Trees growing in common areas are pruned as and when required.” The spokesperson said the LD was checking the condition of a backyard drain, off Lorong Palas 1B in Luyang. “Our workers will be dispatched to tend to the drain and greenery on the reserve next to this structure, if that needs to be done,” he said. PATRICIA from Sembulan said the trees next to her fence in Taman Sempelang had become very thick and tall.
“I have noticed that they sway vigorously from side to side when there is a strong wind blowing,” she said. “I’m afraid the top half of the trees will come loose and fall on my house.” “Passing drivers and pedestrians can also be injured as this happens.” In addition, Patricia worried that the power lines closest to the trees would be cut in two under the weight of branches falling from the trees. “All of us in the neighborhood could be left without power for hours in such a case.” JON from Luyang said water was standing in the common drain behind houses in a section of Taman Jindo. “Those of us who live nearby should keep our doors and windows closed to minimize the nuisance created by the stench entering our homes,” he said. He claimed the drain hadn’t been cleaned in ‘months’. “Late, more and more mosquitoes came inside. I fear that these insects have made their habitat in the drain. Jon also lamented the nuisance created by the overgrown grass and trees growing on the side of this structure. “Some of my neighbors have seen monitor lizards and snakes moving through the undergrowth. “It’s only a matter of time before these reptiles infiltrate their enclosures and bite their pets.” Meanwhile, the Council cut the grass on the road allowances around Taman Hiburan. A spokesperson for the agency said such work was usually done on a monthly basis. “Barring unforeseen circumstances, the section concerned has been asked to adhere to this schedule,” he said. “We will carry out random audits of residential areas under our responsibility to ensure that our ratepayers are being served as they should be.” LIEW, who lives along Lorong Hiburan 6, said the greenery around the settlement area had not been maintained for some time. “In many places the tall grass is so long that you can barely see the sidewalks in front of our houses,” he said. “The situation is particularly dangerous for those traveling on foot. Any missteps could see them fall in front of an oncoming vehicle. Liew had the impression that the Council was turning a blind eye to the upkeep of the common areas there. “I pay around RM527 in appraisal to the agency on a quarterly basis. “I think it is unfair to have to shell out for services that are, at best, unreliable. * Follow us on Instagram and join our Telegram and/or WhatsApp channels for the latest news you don’t want to miss.