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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Residents welcome DBKL’s adoption plan

The call by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail encouraging community involvement in the care and maintenance of city parks, playgrounds, and roundabouts has drawn favourable response from the public as well as corporations.

Many see it as an excellent way for the DBKL to save costs as well as to instill a sense of belonging among Kuala Lumpur residents.

Brickfields RT chairman S.K.K Naidu said it would also provide a means for the RT to earn money for its community activities.

Good idea: The Brickfields RT is keen to adopt the Chan Ah Tong field in Brickfields.

“It’s a great idea. Our members are seniors citizens and gardening would keep them occupied. It would also help give them a sense of purpose,” Naidu said.

He added that the Brickfields RT would love to adopt the Chan Ah Tong field in the township and ensure that it was kept clean and maintained for the residents.

Ramli Shahril, who lives in the government quarters in Jalan Rozario, Brickfields, said the idea was good and that apart from ensuring the parks and playgrounds remained clean and tidy, it would indirectly get the residents to be responsible of their own areas.

Sungei Wang senior promotions and public relations manager K.K. Lim welcomed the idea and said the complex would love to work with the DBKL in adopting areas that were close to the complex.

Parkson general manager in charge of Parkson Care Lee Kong Huat said the mayor’s proposal was a good way of getting corporations to contribute to the community.

Lee said Parkson had always been interested in such endeavours and that the company had adopted eight parks under its corporate social responsibility programme.

The parks Parkson adopted are Taman Beringin and Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya in Petaling Jaya, Ipoh Polo Ground Park in Ipoh, Dataran Bunga Raya in Seremban, Taman Jubli Perak Park in Sungai Petani, Taman Kejiranan in Jalan Teluk Sisek, Kuantan, Kajang Municipal Council Children Playground in Kajang and Taman Datin Rokiah in Taman Century, Johor Baru.

“We have always been interested in adopting KL parks.

“In fact, we wanted to adopt the Lake Gardens and a park in Taman Desa and areas in Taman OUG,” Lee said.

Lee added that apart from funding the parks, Parkson staff were encouraged to get involved in sprucing up and restoring the park and its facilities.

Fuad added that a committee would be set up to formulate policies and programmes to develop a system to enable corporations to adopt the areas.

By The Star (by BAVANI M)

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