Encroaching greenery, fruit trees in KK cleared
Published on: Thursday, January 16, 2020
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CITY HALL has removed the greenery, including the fruit trees, planted by a rate-payer in a playground, located off Lorong Bunga Bakawali, as the individual was found to have encroached into government land.

A spokesman for the agency said a preliminary check found that the individual had failed to maintain the plants which she had grown.

He said City Hall staff observed that made this made the open space look unkempt.

“A notice was given to the owner of this greenery on December 11 asking him/ her to uproot these plants,” he said.

“During the follow up inspection less than a month later, we found that our instructions had been disregarded so, shortly thereafter, our staff chopped down the plants which had been illegally grown in the playground.”

KRISTY, who lives in Taman Fortuna, said some of the new plants in the playground had extended over her backyard fence.

“They shed leaves in my compound and I am constantly having to clean up this mess,” she said.

“I saw my neighbour watering these plants, at one stage, and appealed to her to prune this greenery.”

After several months, when she found that her pleas had fallen on deaf ears, she turned to City Hall for help.

“By this time, the plants had become so unkempt that I feared unscrupulous parties might use them as cover to peep inside my house and stage a break-in.

“Several homes along my housing road had already been burgled over the past few months, so I was understandably cautious.

“I related my concerns to one of the agency’s staff in November over the phone and was assured that action would be taken.”  

Kristy contacted City Hall at the beginning of December and was dismayed to find that her grievance had yet to be addressed.  (SS)


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