Post Burglary Cleanup and Final GREducation! (#74) for 2019
Dear members, friends and residents, it is with regret that we inform you of a break-in at the River Care and Environment Centre located at Jalan Melawati 5, between the river and SJK Tamil Taman Melawati. This is where the Society of Eco Greater Melawati (SeeGEM) hosts the record-setting and breaking River Three Programme by Friends of Sungai Klang River Three Taman Melawati (FoSK R3TM). The cabin has been there for the past 6 years and it is only now that we’ve had a break-in.
This is where volunteers have been meeting each Saturday for the last 73 weeks in a row to implement the River CPR. The break-in happened between Sunday evening and Monday morning. A police report has been made and we hope to update our members, regular volunteers, and partners again soon on the committee’s decision and course of action.
All our recently purchased equipment for river care work plus sundry other items were stolen. Our cabin was trashed. Our faith in random strangers hanging around the river and cabin has now been broken. We’ve never needed to build a fence around the cabin or install CCTVs or alarms or sensor lights because we wanted to make the cabin, especially our pollinator garden, visitor friendly. To encourage individuals to come forward and take ownership of protecting our river. Who goes and steals from a poor NGO who depends on donations and small grants? We just cleaned up the cabin the day before, for our Inaugural Christmas Party and it was heartbreaking to see all our stuff gone and the place wrecked.
Nevertheless, we will continue our work with or without tools or equipment and we hope to see you all at our final weekly gotong royong for 2019 (#74) this Saturday 28 December 2019. We will post a list of the items stolen and if anyone knows of anyone trying to fence these items please report it to the PDRM Taman Melawati.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank PDRM Taman Melawati, especially Inspector Mutalib for responding to our requests and sending his team to investigate. Thank you also to the Investigating Officer from PDRM Pandan Indah for coming late at night in the pouring rain to do his job and perform his responsibility.
Thank you to Encik Azhari Abd.Taharim, Chairman of TMRA and Mr. SA Lim for showing up to help us with clearing out the cabin and picking up the pieces and standing in solidarity with us.
This was not a random event but a pre-meditated act. Hence we also urge you to be vigilant, observant and careful during this holiday period. Do not hesitate to call in any suspicious persons, vehicles or incidences.
For this mission, we will be cleaning out the cabin completely and taking inventory of what we have left. We will also be requesting temporary storage of what's left with members while we work on rebuilding the cabin.
We will also be cleaning the existing trail and salting the new trail cut by Haji Mansor and the team on the right bank.
Please report to Puan Salina Hussein on the day. Please also bring your own hand tools. A donation box will be set up to collect donations for the purchase of replacement equipment.
Here is a list of the equipment and the approximate price.
1. Honda GX 35 4T Grass Cutting Machine - MYR985.00
2. Ogawa Leaf Blower OHB2600 - MYR340.00
3. TSUNAMI High-Pressure Cleaner - MYR450.00
4. Electrical Cable 40m - MYR170.00
5. Electrical Cable Spool - MYR200.00 (estimate)
6. 30m High-Pressure Water Hose Reel - MYR200.00 (estimate)
7. Stihl Chain Saw MS180 - MYR900.00
8. Bosch GSB 16RE Impact Drill - MYR948.32 (estimate)
9. Bosch Disc Grinder GWS7-100E - MYR762.69 (estimate)
10. Bosch Accessory Drill Bits 83 - MYR365.97 (estimate)
11. Gas Stove - MYR100.00 (estimate)
12. Gas Tank - MYR100.00 (estimate)
Please channel all donations directly to:
Accont Name: Persatuan Penduduk Taman Melawati Kuala Lumpur
Bank: Public Bank Berhad Taman Melawati
Account Number: 3161268317
TMRA is our official partner and will be handling our donation drive and fundraising while we focus on cleaning up the mess and rebuilding.
Thank you in advance and Happy New Year
Deputy Chairman - SeeGEM
Association Of River Three