Yesterday morning, I went on a fact finding mission to Jalan Pasar Pudu, in the heart of 'old' KL.
Along the way, I walked past dirty, uncleaned areas and rubbish filled drains that you can be excused if you think that you are not in the capital city of Malaysia, home of the Petronas Twin Towers and the Smart Tunnel, bla bla bla?
I came across such miserable sights that only the camera can do justice to avoid my displeasure in seeing such filthy, nauseating scenes that fit the description of some gone case banana republic!
A roadside stall all dirty and looking so unlike what you would find in a nation's capital like Kuala Lumpur?
You can find this stall at the corner of the road off Jalan Pasar Pudu heading to Jalan Beruang, opposite the Shell service station close to the overhead bridge which you can see in the background.
How long do you think it has been since the DBKL or Alam Flora roadsweepers and drainage cleaners have visited this part of the area?
For that plant to be able to germinate, take root and grow to that height, it must take more than a few weeks! The rubbish are slowly becoming compost!
Wonder what the DBKL cleaners have been doing all these while that even the drains are becoming filled with plants?
Makan gaji buta?
Where are the mandores or supervisors of Kuala Lumpur's City Hall?
Drinking teh tarik and chit chatting about politics in the nearest kopitiams?
Who the hell is in charge of these areas?
Does DBKL still have health inspectors in its payroll?
If they do, do these guys ever work and carry out their jobs to the letter?
Has anyone even bothered to check the hygiene situations of these roadside stalls or does such things no longer come into their job specifications?
Look at the oil soot filled filthy roofing of such stalls by the roadside of Jalan Pasar Pudu?
Who is in charge of the area here?
Tan Ting Tong or Mat Kelabu Asap?
Has any DBKL officer ever wondered as to what would be the case if any sight impaired person were to come across these bulging tree roots now breaking up the road pavements along Jalan Pasar Pudu?
Or is it not their concern?
Ladies and gentlemen, fellow Malaysians, behold the new Banyan tree growing nicely in the drain off Jalan Pasar Pudu, Kuala Lumpur.
The DBKL believes in preserving the environment as naturally as can be by emulating the way Angkor Wat has become.
Let nature take its course and soon we can all look forward to having a jungle within the Pasar Pudu areas.