By Farah Wahida:

As Gombak flourished to become a bustling township thanks to booming developments, some issues have also started to call for action, including traffic congestion, maintenance issues and influx of foreign workers, reported The Star.

For instance, the roads across the housing areas of Taman Sri Gombak, Taman Samudera, Taman Greenwood and Taman Melawati, typically become congested especially in the morning. This congestion may be due to the rapid development of new housing estates and commercial centres across the area over the last 15 years.

According to Gombak Barisan Nasional Chairman Abdul Rahim Kamaruddin, some of these housing projects were built even without prior traffic impact assessments.

“Some did not adhere to the bylaws set by the Government. We are located right next to Kuala Lumpur, making it an ideal place for people to live here. The developments have brought in more people, adding to the congestion.”

Buoyed by this development boom, many foreigner workers also started to stay in the area. Most of them occupy the upper floors of shophouses in Sri Gombak, Taman Melawati and Taman Samudera.

Others settled in Malay villages, where rents are cheaper than in the other estates, said Rahim. Some villagers allowed the workers to build rooms in their houses, for extra income.

“The cost of living has increased and as people from the older generation are not employed, they do not mind foreigners renting the extra rooms or paying to stay on their land,” noted Rahim.

As a result of the influx of foreign inhabitants, many long-time residents are now concerned over safety issues and increase in undocumented population. Aside from that, squatter areas have also started to emerge. Add to that the lack of public housing within the constituency.

These issues, among others now wait for attention from the next leaders after the election.

Farah Wahida, Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email farahwahida@propertyguru.com.my

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