POOR REFLECTION: The neighbourhood looks like a third-rate township with its indiscriminate parking, missing drain covers and overgrowth
SECTION 13 in Shah Alam has undergone many changes over the years with the establishment of Stadium Melawati, a private university and a popular hypermarket.
However, the joint management body chairman of the Riverview Service Apartment and Commercial Complex (formerly known as Brunsfield Apartment) feels the area is one big mess.
Dr Baharuddin Aziz, 56, said the neighbourhood does not live up to Shah Alam's city status.
"It's shameful. The indiscriminate parking, missing drain covers, uncut grass as well as overgrowths and the pothole-laden roads mar the city's image," said Baharuddin
A Streets check found the overgrowth, especially along Sungai Damansara, which is opposite the apartment, to be over 1.2 metres high. Undergrowth were also seen creeping on top of the drain covers.
Cars were also indiscriminately parked at the side of the road and on pavements during the weekend morning market at Stadium Melawati.
The highly-populated area is expected to draw more students once the private university's new phase is open.
Baharuddin said the Shah Alam City Council should ensure better enforcement. He said the level of cleanliness is also bad and urged councillors to conduct checks.
He also urged the authorities to check if any of the construction debris from the private university was being dumped into the river.
"I hope Ronnie Liu will focus on the cleanliness of Shah Alam. This is the capital of Selangor and this is where the Sultan of Selangor stays," said Baharuddin, who added that the state government should keep a close watch on its underperforming councillors, especially those in Shah Alam.
"I hope all the elected reps for Shah Alam, including the appointed councillors, do not sleep on the job."
As for indiscriminate parking, Baharuddin said enforcement officers must issue summonses to motorists who break the law.
"Where are the council enforcement officers? If they are here, the drivers would not dare to park their cars on road dividers and pavements," he said.