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Proper maintenance of trees in cities can save lives and damage to cars. FILE PIC

OLD trees are upsetting residents of Taman Desa Keramat near Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.

A resident, who only wanted to be known as Syam, 23, said: “During heavy rain, the risk of tree branches falling on motorists is great.

“Occasionally, some of the branches break and fall when struck by lightning, or simply from decay.”

“Those who jog frequently like me need some assurance that the trees are sturdy enough to withstand strong winds.

“We love the shade provided by the trees.

”But we hope that there are informed authorities tending to these trees to ensure their continued good health.”

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A spokesman for Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said a dedicated landscaping team conducted regular routine maintenance on trees around the city.

He said the team was assisted by contract arborists, or tree experts, to ensure the trees were in healthy condition.

“Our team usually focuses on trees along busy roads in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

The spokesman said DBKL would have a detailed report on the condition of the trees before any decision was made to cut down those which pose a risk to the public.

“This serves as a safety measure for the people and to create public awareness that our landscaping unit is doing its best to avoid any mishaps from uprooted trees.”

Actionline wants to inform Petaling Jaya residents who are concerned about trees in their neighbourhood to refer to the Pantas team under the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

The Pantas team is on a 24-hour standby and will be able to clear debris of fallen trees which disrupt public lives.

An MBPJ spokesman said its landscaping department also regularly monitored the trees around PJ to check on their condition.

“The public can lodge reports on incidents related to trees at our hotline at 03-79542020,” he said.

The public can also lodge complaints or pose any queries on issues of trees by sending an email to MBPJ at aduan@mbpj.gov.my.

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