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Prune overgrown greenery, warns DBKK
Published on: Thursday, December 07, 2023
By: Sidney Skinner
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Prune overgrown greenery, warns DBKK
The jungle which has formed besides the apartments on Lorong Pungguk can be seen above.
CITY HALL has notified a Likas rate-payer and government body to attend to the overgrown greenery on their respective properties. 

The administration of the latter had also be asked to get rid of any unwanted items strewn around the vacant house on its land in Luyang in order to ensure that Aedes mosquitoes did not begin breeding in any of these objects.

This action was prompted by feedback about the potential health and fire hazards posed by the jungle which had sprung up on some undeveloped land, off Lorong Pungguk, and the mess around the unoccupied building, off Jalan Bunga Ros.

Landscaping staff, armed with a chain-saw, went up in a sky-lift to try and prune some of the bamboo fronds.

A spokesman for City Hall’s Landscaping Department said both parties were advised to have their land maintained on a monthly basis so that these properties did not become a public nuisance.

He said they risked being charged in court, under Section 49 of the Local Government Ordinance 1961, if they failed to heed this advice and allowed their land to become unkempt.

If found guilty, they faced the possibility of having to settle a fine for as much as RM1,000, serve a jail term of up to six months, or both, according to him.

“We are presently working with our Legal Department to begin court proceedings against negligent landowners around the State Capital,” he said.

He said a final warning, signed by the Mayor, would be given to these rate-payers as part of this process.

“They will be notified that their ‘overgrown and unmaintained’ land was an eye sore and source of discomfort to the public in the area due to the presence of pests, including mosquitoes, which might be breeding on their property.

“A seven day grace-period will be given for these individuals to abate this nuisance. 

“If they fail to comply, then we will have no choice but to initiate legal action.”

The spokesman said two “surat peringatan (reminder letters)” had been served on the Likas landowner since October: the first on October 26 and more recently on November 4.

“Landscaping personnel went to Lorong Pungguk, shortly after we became aware of the problem with the vacant land in October,” he said.

“It had become a jungle, with tall trees and even a bamboo grove growing on the property.”

“They theorised that the land may not have been maintained in years as the trees and bamboo fronds reached beyond the roof of the three-storey apartment building next door.”

He said a team of Landscaping workers returned to the area a day later to prune some of the bamboo fronds which had encroached over the boundary fence into the airspace for the apartments.

“A sky-lift was deployed to assist in these efforts. Our staff had to hold up a chainsaw in order to trim the overgrown branches.”

Where the property on Jalan Bunga Ros was concerned, a spokeswoman for City Hall’s Environmental Health Department (EHD) said its Vector Control staff recently checked on the condition of the unoccupied house. 

“They noted the presence of various objects which had been haphazardly thrown around the building, including stacks of used tyres,” she said.

“Any rainwater which became trapped in the tyres could very easily wind up becoming a spawning ground for mosquitoes.

“They observed that the compound was badly overgrown with weeds and long grass. The fence around the property covered with creepers.”

She said the EHD enlisted the assistance of their peers at the agency’s Valuation Department to identify the owner of the unoccupied house in question.

“We have written to the government body which has jurisdiction over the property.

The compound around this property on Jalan Bunga Ros is badly overgrown.

“The administration was informed of our findings and asked to accord priority to cleaning up the grounds.

“This includes tending to any overgrown greenery in the compound.” 

She said the authority in question had been given a grace-period in which to fulfil City Hall’s requests.

In the event that this was not done, she said, it would have to deliberate over how best to proceed.

“In the worst case scenario, legal action may be taken against this body for contravening the conditions stipulated in the Local Government Ordinance 1961,” she said.

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