The Illegal Kindergardens.
(MPK letters to individual residents to attend meeting with illegal kindergardens owners on 21-4-09 @ 2,30pm. BBRA purposely uninvited)
Last week, MPK send to the individual residents of Jenaris Precints a letter each asking them to attend to their MPK meeting between MPK and Residents on the 21st April,2009 at 2.30pm. But as they did not invite the BBRA. This matter was highlighted immediately to the BBRA committee President and members Ben Phang and Mr Ng Seen San.
On the faithful day of 21st April,2009 at 2.30pm there are a total of 4 cases to be heard. The Bandar Botanic Kindergarten is Case No.4 and the case only starts at 4.30pm. As predicted, non of the residents attended. Jimmy together with Ben Phang, Ng Seen San and John Lim make up to 4. The illegal kindergartens were represented by 10 representatives. The BBRA committee members put up a very strong case against the ill prepared cases of the illegal kindergartens owners. The Councillors were surprise at the sudden presence of the BBRA. They did not expected this.
According to the BBRA, they have no objection to the presence of the kindergartens as long as they are legal . What they are against is the illegal kindergartens and there are already too many. With regards to these 5 illegal kindergartens, there is a clear case of violation of local act in relation to operations of commercial kindergartens in residential areas.
The BBRA’s presence was very important. Had the residents not inform and highlighted to the BBRA, the illegal kindergartens would have been accepted as to operate as no residents attended.
The 4 persons who went are1. Mr. Jimmy from Kiara 10 a BBRA member2. Mr. Ng Seen San from Kiara 2 present BBRA Secratary3. Mr. John Lim from Kiara 8, ex-BBRA president4. Mr. Ben Phang from Jenaris 6, present BBRA committee.
In the words of Ben Phang, Committee Member of Jenaris, who attended:
A meeting was called by Pengarah Perancang Bandar of Majlis Perbandaran Klang by their letter dated 13th April, 2009 addressed to all residents in Jenaris Precint and the 5 kindergarten and child care center. The meeting was scheduled on a working day, Tuesday 21st April, 2009 at 3.00pm to deliberate 4 appeals of which our case was the 4th case.
Mr. John Lim, BBRA's Past President, Mr. Ng Seen San, BBRA's Secretary, Mr. Jimmy Lim a BB resident and BBRA member from Kiara Precint and I attended the meeting. The owners and operators of Pusat Jagaan IQ MRC (Tadika Junior Harmoni), Tadika Jaya Suria, Pusat Jagaan Kid Oasis (2 premises) and Tadika Senyum Manis attended and presented their appeal cases at the meeting.
MPK confirmed that all the above named centers are operating without any approved license and should therefore stopped operating. MPK further confirmed that since there is an approved license for Tadika Krista at No.10, Jalan Jenaris 1, they cannot approved any other kindergarten or child care center within 200 meter radius from the existing one.
BBRA maintained that rules and regulations are meant to be adhered to and that MPK must discharged its duties accordingly. While sympathising that there are children involved, we must however not divert from the issue on hand, that is unlicensed centers should not be allowed to operate irrespective. It may be a harsh decision but it is needed so that any owner or operator who intends to open up any center in any precint in Bandar Botanic must ensure that they follow the rules and regulations established for the setting up of such centers in a housing area. Residents in Bandar Botanic have their rights too.
For residents in Precint Jenaris who have objections to such centers being set up in your neighborhood but have yet to register your objections, please do so. We must protect our rights and the sanity of our neighborhood.