KUALA LUMPUR – March 19, 2018: A National Landscape Department (NLD) staff member who claimed to act on behalf of the department, once again disrupted the weekly Zumba/Aerobics class held at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail’s (TTDI) Taman Persekutuan Bukit Kiara.
Similar to last month’s incident, the officer who was wearing the name “Melvin” on his uniformed shirt (see photo) ordered the class’ instructor to “keep down” the workout music or risk immediate termination of the 7:30 – 8:30am session.
The participants were made to understand that they needed to comply with Melvin’s instruction following several alleged noise complaints that have been lodged to the police.
The Sunday morning Zumba/Aerobics session, organised by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall when the park was under its jurisdiction, has been going on for about 20 years.
The NLD now manages the park.
A check with TTDI police station however, revealed that there were no records of such complaints.
One of its police officer told The Mole that they would have acted immediately had the noise incident happened after midnight.
“Since the class starts in the morning, we will consider other factors first before taking any actions,” said the officer who declined to be named.
On a question if a civil servant can issue warnings over violation of law, the officer said that they can if such violation was done at the place that is managed by the department or agencies affiliated with the civil servant.
“Normally they will request one of our officers to accompany them just so to keep things in check,” the officer explained.
The NLD has yet to respond to The Mole’s inquiries over the matter.
In the previous confrontation, the NLD explained that they only wanted to reach out to those who organises recreational group activities at the park.
Back then, the department’s spokesperson pointed out that they wanted the organisers to register their activities for NLD’s record keeping and park management purposes.