By Kurniawati Kamarudin
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Low-cost, high-rise flats have been getting bad press lately due to issues like the indiscriminate throwing of garbage, lack of parking space and prevalence of social ills.
With the help of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the residents of some high-rise, low-cost residential schemes in the city, developed under the government's People's Housing Programme (PPR), have taken the initiative to implement community projects to redeem the image of their housing areas.
PPR Seri Semarak in Setapak, here, is one such scheme where 120 residents mostly women teamed up two years ago to embark on a community vegetable garden project on an 83.6 square metre plot within the compound of their housing area.
Called Laman Agro, more than 50 types of vegetables, herbs and "ulam" (certain plants that are eaten raw) can be found growing on the site.
Laman Agro is among the community garden projects initiated under DBKL's Local Agenda 21 Kuala Lumpur (LA21KL), which the local authority implemented 10 years ago to bring the community, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the private sector together to plan and execute sustainable development programmes to make the city more liveable.....