The party was a pot-luck party held on the 13th day of Chinese New Year and the party started with the tossing of yee sang by the women and children of the neighbourhood.
Before the start of dinner residents were seen gaily walking round the neighbourhood in a manner reminiscent of a street scene at new villages in years gone by.
Taman Kaya was turned into a guarded neighbourhood on January 15 this year (see page 3 editorial). It is located at a corner of Ipoh Garden East and is bordered by the north-south highway, Taman Perak and Taman Ipoh Timur. The area is secured with four main gates and three back-lane gates. The entrance in and out is via Hala Perajurit 1 where the guardhouse is located.
Taman Kaya, like most housing estates, has been experiencing bouts of crime with house break-ins, snatch theft and car windscreens being broken indiscriminately. With the introduction of the guarded neighbourhood, “since 15 January there has not been a single incident of crime in the neighbourhood. Furthermore, this is the first time in 16 years where not a single crime was committed one week before Chinese New Year,” trumpeted Augustine Anthony, Chairman of Taman Kaya Residents Committee.
Meanwhile, a check with Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim revealed that action would be taken against the committee on two issues. One issue involved the guardhouse as there was no application to build a guardhouse. The other issue is related to complaints from other residents about “no traffic thoroughfare due to the erection of barriers.”
Roshidi acknowledged that ‘notice has been sent to the Residents Committee. We will give the committee 15 days to make submissions before we take action’. Roshidi added that the ‘residents’ initiative is good due to safety concerns but no matter what, the residents must follow the law.
Hopefully all issues can be resolved amicably for a win-win solution by all parties.