SHAH ALAM: An abandoned police construction project which started in 2002 is now a security threat to nearby residents as it has become a breeding ground for wild animals and unscrupulous characters.
The project which is a multi-million police logistics complex in Section U1, Shah Alam, which has been halted despite claims that it was 70 per cent completed.
While the developer, Eastern Access Sdn Bhd, said they are waiting for the Home Ministry to intervene and compensate them for jobs carried out folks living in the area are forced to put up with the repercussions of living next to an abandoned construction site.
Glenmarie Park Residents Development Association chairman P. Muthukumar said that the unattended plot on which the abandoned project sits has attracted wild animals like wild dogs, snakes, monkeys and monitor lizards.
"The undergrowth has clogged the drains nearby, causing stagnant water, already a breeding ground for mosquitoes."
A walk around the site confirmed the claims.
A troop of wild monkeys and pack of dogs were spotted.
A brief standoff confirmed that these monkeys were fierce and not afraid to attack anyone suspected of intruding on their territory.
While the undergrowth and damaged fencing already make a sorry sight, the fence has collapsed, allowing animals to trespass into homes.
Another resident, G. Gowri, said: "We are facing a problem with the wild snakes and monkeys as they frighten the children. They are not free to play outside the house.
"We are afraid of the animals entering our home and keep our doors and windows closed always."
Echoing these sentiments is Glenmarie Park Residents Development Association board member K.Chandra who said the animals usually come out at night and roam the streets from 8-9pm, causing a ruckus. "We hear them howl, late at night, and in the morning, we find our garbage bins overturned and dog faeces on the sidewalks.
"We are quite sick of the nuisance this neglected site is causing and wish the authorities will solve this matter immediately."
The neighbours also claim that suspicious characters loiter around the site and these include suspected drug addicts and teenage gangsters.
Residents also claim that they sometimes see people hanging around the area, drinking alcohol, laughing and talking loudly."