VI. PROBLEMS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PLANNED ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES
KLSP was drawn up by City Hall of Kuala Lumpur to provide basic guidelines for all future development in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur until the year 2000. KLSP ensures that all development is well coordinated. Its objectives include maintaining the best possible environmental quality by improving and maintaining a balance between development ecology and national heritage, in order to develop Kuala Lumpur into a garden city and make it the cleanest capital city not only in the region but also world-wide. Kuala Lumpur was one of the first local authorities to establish a structure plan that can serve as a guide in dealing with environmental issues. KLSP has recognized that attempts to improve the quality of the environment are handicapped by the lack of manpower and technical expertise, a development approach which gives priorities to economic and engineering feasibility, and a low priority in the allocation of funds for landscaping and beautification programmes. The objective of turning Kuala Lumpur into a garden city is also hampered by the existence of private land that is vacant and contains dilapidated structures. Such land, apart from being an eyesore, also attracts vagabonds and drug dealers and users. Housing developers also leave open spaces that remain undeveloped and, in residential areas, often unattended.