The river was almost the same as the old Klang river with lizards and garbage. I know because I used to hang out in the old bus stand area back then in late 90's. Plus my school is in Banda Hilir so I'm pretty much around that area. The old kedai kopi cheongster spot make the scenery has old chow kit vibe.
Ali Rustam started the initiative. He is the ones started the river cruise and clean up. The gangsta paradise of kampung morten now become tourist friendly spot. As much as I hate BN, to say Adly did this is not right. Adly did make it better but it was much harder during Ali Rustam era.