Wednesday July 25, 2012
Road congestion in Kepong
By JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ
CONGESTION caused by irresponsible car owners along Jalan Kepong Baru in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur is making road users in the area restless.
The congestion is especially bad in the afternoons when car owners patronising the hawkers stalls park their vehicles by the road.
This causes a backlog going as far as one kilometre, making it extremely troublesome for residents who live on Jalan Api Api 1 to 10, to make a turn on the road.
At a press conference held recently, Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping said that Jalan Kepong Baru was a key road in the area, as it connects the neighbourhood to other areas in Kepong like Bandar Manjalara and Desa Park City.
“Irresponsible road users are causing a lot of inconvenience to everyone here since this part of the road connects to Jalan Ampong 4, a commercial area and market.
“The residents have been putting up with this for about 10 years. We have urged the hawkers to advise their customers to park at proper parking spaces, but our plea has fallen on deaf ears,” he added.
Also present at the conference was Kuala Lumpur City Hall Enforcement Department, Chief Inspector R. Parameswaran.
He said that he would send his team to monitor the area and issue compounds, before towing action is carried out.
“The road may have been clear when monitoring works were done. We will pay more attention to this place,” he said.
In another issue pertaining to several house break-ins in Jalan Antoi in Kepong, Yee said police should patrol the area more frequently as there had been 10 break-ins in two months, with one case involving victims that were held at gun-point.
“There are also many unreported cases because they were attempted break-ins and the robbers never got into the house. We hear of gun-wielding robbers at banks but now there are homes being robbed.
“People don’t feel safe anymore especially with the current crimes that have been happening here and all over the Klang Valley,” he said.
Victim Tong Chean Poh, 54, and his family were robbed at gun point on Saturday morning around 5.15am, when their house was broken into by five robbers.
In a police report lodged by his son Tong Yee King, 29, Chean Poh claimed the robbers punched his son’s face and held him at gun point.
“It all happened within 15 minutes and the robbers got away with four mobile phones, some cash and other items. They sped off in a gold coloured Proton Perdana,” said Chean Poh.