Residents of a low-cost housing development in Pandan Perdana, Ampang are complaining about the poor maintenance of their building.
Among the most serious problems are the dirty water supply and the faulty elevators in in Rumah Pangsa Kos Rendah LC700.
“Each block has two lifts and usually one or both will not be working. This is a major problem for senior citizens such as my mother,” said S. Thiruchelvam, who is 57 years old. His 80-year-old mother needs to use a wheelchair and suffers from medical problems.
“I do not want it to get to a point where both are not working. Then, how will I be able to bring my mother to the hospital?” he asked.
Moreover, Thiruchelvam revealed that the water tanks in their building have not been cleaned over the past two decades.
“The sludge in the tank is said to be at a serious level and this is the same water the residents are using to bathe and cook,” noted Pandan MCA chief Datuk Leong Kok Wee.
According to Ahmad Ramli, chairman of the flat’s management corporation, they had written to Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) regarding their problems and even tried to apply for state government aid under the Skim Ceria fund.
But due to financial irregularities by the previous management body, they have been banned from receiving funds from the state government.
“A lot of money was owed to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and a few other utility bills from the previous management. We do not know what happened to the money.”
Meanwhile, Teratai Gerakan Public Complaints Bureau chief Ben Liew criticised the Skim Ceria scheme as a failure.
Under the scheme, residents pay only 20 percent of the cost for refurbishing shared facilities in low- and medium-cost housing projects, while 80 percent is shouldered by the state government.
However, residents need to pay five percent of the amount before work can begin, and sometimes home owners cannot afford it, he claimed.
Image sourced from The Star.
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