RAs get extension to submit application for boomgates and guard booths
Source: the Star Aug 27
A PLANNED inspection of two neighbourhoods in Bandar Utama and Ara Damansara regarding the status of their illegally-erected boomgates and guard booths was called off at the last minute.
It was learnt that representatives from the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) Engineering, Planning and Development, Complaints and Enforcement departments had planned to inspect the areas yesterday morning.
However, sources revealed that the city councillor responsible for Ara Damansara, Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainudin, had requested a day’s extension to allow the residents association (RA) to hand in its application.
The same source said the Bandar Utama RA had rushed in its Gated and Guarded Community application last Thursday, while the Ara Daman-sara RA submitted theirs yesterday.
As such, the inspection of the two neighbourhoods has been called off.
StarMetro has also obtained a list of the previously reported 18 RAs that had applied for the gated-and-guarded scheme with MBPJ since 2011 (see table), and received conditional approvals.
According to MBPJ Planning and Develop-ment assistant director (Urban Planning) Nazihah Jaafar, the gated-and-guarded community scheme guidelines and application forms can be downloaded from www.mbpj.gov.my/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=a2ecf506-cf94-41af-84bc-be447f399bd6&groupId=152511.
“The document also contains photo guidelines so that it is easier for residents as they have a physical reference to compare against their own planned or already existing boomgates and booths,” said Nazihah.
MBPJ public relations officer Zainun Zakaria said the council’s actions were not intended to deny residents security.
“We just want them to register with us as the roads are public property and movement should not be impeded nor blocked off totally.
“If we can help them legalise their security schemes, we will. But if you do not even register in the first place, it is totally illegal and the council has every right to take down such obstructions,” said Zainun.
Since StarMetro’s report on the unregistered status of gated-and- guarded communities in Petaling Jaya, MBPJ’s Complaints Division has received over 30 complaints from Petaling Jaya residents regarding boomgates and other obstructions on roads.
Two residents hoping for tighter security are Low and Chan, whose homes in BU6 were hit by robbers on Aug 18.
“It was a harrowing experience coming face to face with the robbers,” said Chan.
The robbers had jumped into Chan’s house from Low’s.
They said many residents in the neighbourhood were worried about the recent notices from MBPJ to dismantle the boomgates and permanent road obstructions.
“We need security and shouldn’t have to look over our shoulder every time,” said Low.Share on Facebook