Thursday, April 09, 2009

Faulty pump at PJ lake

Thursday April 9, 2009

By Tan Karr Wei

THE Eco-Fan installed to improve the water quality at the Kelana Jaya lake in April 2008 has stopped functioning, according to Friends of Kelana Jaya Park (FOKJP).

Its vice-president Jack Lim, 70, said the Eco-Fan was a pump installed at various locations of the lake to improve the water quality of the lake.

He said that it stopped working a few months ago and nothing has been done to fix it.

“So far, it doesn’t seem to be doing much to improve the water quality,” said Lim.

Committee member James Cherian, 55, said that there would be small ripples in the lake when the pump was working but there was no one to monitor the pump when it stopped functioning.

Faulty: The Eco-Fan (blue and orange in colour) is placed at several locations of the Kelana Jaya lake and its function is to improve the water quality of the lake.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) public relations director Haniza Abdul Hamid said that the Eco-Fan maintenance was still under the Global Environment Centre (GEC) as it had not been handed over to the council.

GEC River Care coordinator Dr Kalithasan Kailasam said the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) funded the project to test the effectiveness of the Eco-Fan in a natural environment.

“The fan was initially tested at ponds in palm plantations in a controlled environment. If it works, we were going to hand it over to the MBPJ for maintenance.

“So far, we’ve only seen a slight improvement in the water quality,” he said.

He added that the contractor has been having problems getting parts to fix the pumps.

“The project ends on April 17 and we will wait for the final water quality report before making a decision in our next meeting,” he said.

Friday, February 13, 2009

My Drains Day - 1st March 2009

Drains Clean Up (8, 15 and 22 February 2009)

In conjunction with My Drains Day or Hari Parit Ku to be held on 1st March 2009 at the Kelana Jaya Park, Friends of Kelana Jaya Park and the SS7 Kelana Jaya Community held a gotong royong to clean up drains in SS7/17 , SS7/26 and SS7/28 areas in Petaling Jaya.

Drains Clean Up on 8 February 2009

Stenciling Drains - Love My Drain


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kelana Jaya lake is toxic

Tuesday 10th February 2009
By Tan Karr Wei

THE water in the Kelana Jaya lake at SS7 in Petaling Jaya is so dreadfully polluted that even touching it is not advisable.

This sorry state of affairs was confirmed by an ongoing study conducted jointly by the Global Environment Centre (GEC) and the Department of Chemistry Malaysia.

According to GEC River Care Programe officer Shafinaz Shahabudin, the first phase of the Kelana Jaya Lake rehabilitation programme began in 2002.

Cleaning it up: The Friends of Kelana Jaya Park teamed up with residents to clean up the drains in SS7/28 area.

“We’re working with residents and the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to resuscitate the lake. One important measure is by keeping the drains clean. If the drains are clean, the drainage water flowing into the rivers and lakes will be clean,” she said.

Shafinaz said the surrounding commercial areas were not using grease traps properly and this has resulted in the high level of pollutants in the lake.

Meanwhile, the Friends of Kelana Jaya Park (FOKJP), set up in 2005 to help in the rehabilitation of the lake, in conjunction with the My Drains Day celebration, organised a series of gotong-royong sessions to clean up the drains in the residential areas surrounding the lake.

Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo-Burne launched the first gotong-royong programme at the SS7/28 community hall involving residents from the surrounding houses and condominiums.

The amount of silt and rubbish being dug out from the drains in the area was shocking and alarming.

“The full participation of residents is crucial. We have been throwing stuff into the drains and we have to start by keeping our homes clean,” Loh said.

Petaling Jaya councillor Ahmad Yusof Ludin said the MBPJ would soon announce its plans to mitigate floods in the area.

Place to relax: Many Petaling Jaya residents use the park as a recreational area.

FOKJP vice-president Jack Lim said most people did not understand the strategic environmental significance of the lake.

“We want to resuscitate the lake not only for beautification purposes but also to use it as a water catchment area. It’s no use cleaning the lakes if people keep dumping rubbish into them,” Lim said.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Grease Traps - Letter to Press


6 October, 2008

Dear Sir,

I would be most grateful if you could allow me to use your Readers’ page to express my disappointment at the lack of responsibility in some of our government servants and the complete absence of accountability.

In this instance, I would like to only touch on grease traps as an illustration.

To protect our waterways like rivers, lakes, seas, etc., grease traps are mandatory at all eateries. It is bad enough that these are not inspected periodically to make sure that they serve the purpose they were intended for. How could an outlet not having any grease trap be licensed in the first place?

May I ask, isn’t this negligence of duty or corruption or both? Shouldn’t the person who approved the licencing of such outlets be taken to task by the department? Is this the case of the top can’t care less and the bottom just have a field day? When one is made aware of the rampant violations of laws and orders in this country one cannot help but feel that accountability does not exist.

Instead of having more NGOs taking an active part in projects like “Love Our Drains”, “Love Our rivers” and “Love Everything Under the Sun”, we should have only one campaign i.e. make the public servants have a career-long campaign called “Love Our Jobs”. This is to remind them that unless they perform they will be sacked without any exception. This should be more stringently applied to the heads than the subordinates.

In Section 7 Petaling Jaya, only a handful of outlets have grease traps working. Most of them have grease traps that are not maintained and some even without any installed. Ideally, all drain-outlets to rivers, lakes and all bodies of waters should have heavy-duty grease traps installed by the local authorities. This is to ensure even discharges from households and other outlets that are not required to install grease traps do not contaminate our lakes, rivers, etc.

After privatisation, we now have NGOs carrying out all sorts of gotong royong projects, is there anything left for the government servants to do, besides collecting money?


Jack Lim
Vice President
Friends of Kelana Jaya Park

Monday, September 22, 2008

Korean Visitors

19 September 2008

South Korean Visitors come to Kelana Jaya Park

As part of a fact-finding trip, members of the Environmental Education Network of South Korea will visit Kelana Jaya Park on Sunday, 21 September 2008.
The visitors have included Kelana Jaya Park in their itinerary to learn how, in a Malaysian township, community participation is being encouraged to help rehabilitate the lakes in the park.

Community participation in this instance is being fostered mainly by Friends of Kelana Jaya Park, a club which comprises a multiethnic group of residents living in areas adjacent to the park.

Members of Friends of Kelana Jaya Park and staff of Global Environmental Control will host the visitors at 2:15 pm on Sunday, 21 September 2008 at the Landscape Department of MBPJ in Kelana Jaya. A short formal presentation will be followed by a tour of the park. About nine visitors from South Korea are expected to be present.

While Friends of Kelana Jaya Park has hosted visits in the past, this is the first time the club is welcoming international visitors to the park.

James T. Cherian
Asst. Secretary,
Friends of Kelana Jaya Park

Saturday, August 23, 2008

FoKJP Visit to Tok Bali, Kelantan 11th -14th August 2008


Ecofan installation

(Click to enlarge)

Note: First Ecofan installation was done on April 24th 2008. However, due to some technical problems, only 2 units were installed. The next installation was on May, 14th 2008; however the 4 units were not able to operate continuously. 4 units of new Ecofan were replaced on June 19th 2008 and are completely functioning. Data taken on April 16th and 18th 2008 are less accurate due to heavy rainfall before sampling dates. Thus, data taken on April 24th and May 16th and 22nd 2008 were more rational (in terms of accuracy) for analysis.


Installing the ecofan

- Courtesy Shafinaz Shahabudin

Thursday, June 05, 2008

You get 3 lakes, not 1 pond

05 June 2008

You get 3 lakes, not 1 pond
By Halim Said

PETALING JAYA: Residents here have been assured that they will get three lakes and not only one pond for recreation. The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has promised PJ residents the "full package" once the Kelana Jaya Park is gazetted. MBPJ public relations director Haniza Abdul Hamid said this in response to a query by Friends of Kelana Jaya Park, an NGO, which claimed that the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) was handing over to the council only a pond at the park to be gazetted as a recreational area.

Haniza said the council's town planning department will submit an evaluation report of the lakes to the Petaling land office before it can be submitted to the State Government to be gazetted.

"We have to clarify that the process of gazetting the park involves the council's town planning department, the state government and land office," she said. "We start with the three lakes first, before proceeding with the pond owned by PKNS. We are appointing a surveyor to determine the boundaries for the park," she added.

Friends of Kelana Jaya Park secretary Musa K. Muhamad said their concern as not with the issue of the ponds per se, but the lakes being gazetted as a recreational area. "If the lakes are not gazetted as a recreational area, we fear that the land may be earmarked for more commercial development," he said.

He added that the society has prepared a memorandum demanding that the state government gazette the park, which will be handed over to Seri Setia state assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad soon.

"The promise to gazette the 42-hectare was made six years ago. We do not want more years to be wasted," he said.

It was reported that PKNS had promised to hand over the park to MBPJ for it to be gazetted as a recreational area. PKNS public relations manager Mohd Wazir Abdul Gani had said the park's handing-over process had been planned as far back as 2005, when the issue was raised with the then former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo in 2005.

Wazir confirmed yesterday PKNS had submitted the letter of handover for the pond (behind the Kelana Jaya Seafood restaurant) to MBPJ on Tuesday, to be gazetted as part of the Kelana Jaya park. Wazir clarified that the three lakes in the Kelana Jaya park are part of state government land and not owned by PKNS.

The move ends a long battle by residents who have pushed for the park to be gazetted as a recreational area after PKNS announced plans to build sfaff quarters on the site.

Following a protest by residents, Dr Mohd Khir promised that the land would be transferred to the council, but to date, residents were still awaiting the handover.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Kelana Jaya Park Rangers: Community Lake Monitoring Programme

An interesting feature about the project is community participation. The outcome from previous Lake Community Monitoring Training has managed to engage the community to become Kelana Jaya Park Rangers responsible in monitoring lake water quality. The first Kelana Jaya Park Ranger Community Monitoring was conducted on Saturday, May 24th 2008 at 9.00 a.m.. The Park Ranger project is under the coordination of Mr. Jack Lim, Vice President of Friends of Kelana Jaya Park.

A short discussion was held among the rangers who came to monitor the lake. Based on the previous training they had acquired, the discussion was about methods of sampling in Lake 1. During the discussion, the rangers came out with questions such as what are the parameters involved in monitoring, how to monitor the parameters involved, when to monitor and where to monitor. These questions enabled them to come out with specific answers and directly facilitate their monitoring process. Therefore, they have come out with the following:

1. The Kelana Jaya Park Ranger will be monitoring Lake 1 via physical and chemical parameters.

2. Physical parameters will be assessing using Lake Report Card as well as snapping some pictures;

3. Chemical parameters will be assessing using Water Testing Kits which include the essential parameters to measure water quality which are:

  • pH
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphate
  • Turbidity
  • Temperature

The Rangers have selected four sampling points to assess physical and chemical characteristic of Lake 1. Monitoring programme will be scheduled once in every month.

Park Rangers Sampling Location (Click to enlarge)


Community Lake Monitoring Training Program

A Community training program was conducted on 28 January 2008 in the MBPJ Landscape Department premises.

A total of 38 participants from the neighbourhood areas were trained to be Kelana Jaya Park Rangers using lake modules which comprises of theory and practical (physical, biological and chemical monitoring).

Friday, May 16, 2008

PKNS confirms park handover in two weeks

PKNS confirms park handover in two weeks
by Halim Said

(Source: NSTonline, Friday 16 May 2008)

SUBANG JAYA: As promised the Selangor State Development Corporation will, in two weeks time, hand over the Kelana Jaya park to the Petaling Jaya City Council to be gazettted as a recreational area.

PKNS public relations manager Mohd Wazir Abdul Gani said the process of handing over the park, which also includes three lakes which is reserved as a water catchment pond, has been long planned since the issue was brought up to the former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo in 2005.

"Talks to surrender the park to the council began in 2005 but nothing concrete could be finalised.

"Land disputes usually take a long time," he added.

Mohd Wazir said PKNS was in the midst of finalising the content of the surrender-documents which he said he was not at liberty to disclose.

"The official handing over of the documents will be held in next two weeks.

"We will send the letter to MBPJ notifying them of the hand over," he said.

He added after MBPJ had received the letter, PKNS would wait for their response before further action was taken.

Meanwhile, MBPJ public relations director Haniza Abdul Hamid, when informed of PKNS' decision on the hand over, said that she will refer the matter to the council's Town Planning department.

"The department will go through the documents once we receive it from PKNS and proceed from there on according to the specifications of lake management," she said.

However, Haniza said MBPJ would still hold a meeting with PKNS to assess the park hand-over matter.

"At the moment we have yet to receive anything in black and white from PKNS."

It was reported in Streets recently that Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad is pushing for the park to be gazetted as a recreational area for the Kelana Jaya residents.

In the report, Taman Kelana Indah Residents' Association vice-president Musa Mohamad said the residents have been fighting for the park to be gazetted as a recreational area for the past six years.

PKNS had earlier planned to build workers quarters for its staff which drew protest from the Kelana Jaya residents. Following the protest, Dr Mohd Khir Toyo promised that the land ownership would be transferred to the council but nothing had happened until now.

The park, near the PKNS Sports Complex, has three lakes, making it an ideal recreational area for the residents.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

MBPJ employees plant trees

(Source: the Star online 14 May 2008)

It was a significant moment for many staff members of the Petaling Jaya City Council as they planted tree saplings on the grounds of the Kelana Jaya Park as part of the local authority’s effort to save the environment.

To make it more meaningful, a sign that carried the name of the individual who planted the tree was erected next to the sapling.

Some early morning joggers stopped and helped the staff to plant the trees.

The effort was part of the council’s Tree Planting Program with the tagline ‘One Staff, Five Trees’. They were joined by Seri Setia state assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and representatives from Friends of Kelana Jaya Park.

(Nik Nazmi (in red cap) helping a MBPJ staff member plant a tree)

“This program helps to create a healthy and green environment for the community and it is a positive step that encourages the local community to take part in preserving the environment. It is a responsibility that everyone must take on,” Nik Nazmi said.

The program was launched last year in the PJS10 neighbourhood and was spearheaded by the council’s management service department where they planted trees in Taman Aman. This time around 170 and 105 staff members from the engineering and landscape department respectively decided to do their part for the Kelana Jaya Park. Nearly 1,500 trees were planted, including Ochanostachys amentace, Melaleuca cajuputi Powell, Neobalanocarpus heimii, and Tamarindus indica.

The employees were assigned to different zones in the park where they planted various trees and botanical plants deemed appropriate.

“This is a good opportunity for the staff to mingle with each other and promote environmental awareness. We must realise the importance of our roles, no matter how small, in helping to reduce the effect of global warming,” said MBPJ secretary cum acting mayor Puasa Md Taib.

“We hope to be able to plant 8,620 trees by the end of the program where 1724 of it will be canopy trees and 6,896 botanical plants,” said Puasa.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Kempen Tanam Pokok MBPJ

Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) telah mengadakan kempen tanam pokok "1 kakitangan 5 pokok" bagi Jabatan Landskap & Jabatan Kejuruteraan MBPJ bermula pada jam 8.00 pagi hari Selasa 13 Mei 2008. Aturcara penanaman pokok beramai-ramai bersama pegawai dan kakitangan MBPJ yang bertempat di Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya ini telah diresmikan oleh ADUN Selangor YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

Sebilangan AJK Friends of Kelana Jaya Park yang diketuai oleh presiden Tuan Syed Khalid Syed Ahmad juga telah dijemput ikut serta.

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