People Are Defending Bangsar Park After DBKL Orders Removal Of Its Farm Animals
A community garden, Kebun-Kebun Bangsar, has recently been issued a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) notice to remove its farm animals
The piece of land owned by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) near Lorong Bukit Pantai used to just be overgrown wasteland before architect Ng Sek San decided to repurpose it into a community space.
Around five years ago, he and his team turned the idle piece of land into a small garden to grow flowers, vegetables, and fruits - it even has its own rice paddy.
The site has a number of farm animals like chickens, ducks, goats, and a cow to keep pests at bay and to manage the acres of land.
However, due to one alleged neighbour's complaint, DBKL has now required them to remove those animals.
"The animals are well-loved by our visitors especially the children. [They] are part of our educational tools to teach our volunteers and visitors about the ecosystem and how we can live harmoniously with other species in our urban jungle," Kebun-Kebun Bangsar wrote in a Facebook post on 25 February.
"The animals are not a nuisance both in terms of noise or smell (this kinda nuisance can easily be verified on-site)."
The post also mentioned that immediate neighbours can testify to that and that several have even written to DBKL in support of their efforts to keep the animals.
Since then, several netizens have risen to defend the garden and its animals
Kebun-Kebun Bangsar is urging the community to support them as they may not intend to comply with the notice
"Public officers will not appreciate the animals at KKB (Kebun-Kebun Bangsar) unless our community made this known to them," the post read.
"Also the complainant needs to hear the voices of the community and perhaps re-evaluate his entitlement."