Instead of a painting a logo of ‘I Love Penang’ in the People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Rifle Range, Kebun Bunga Gerakan Coordinator Ooi Zhi Yi is urging the authorities to focus first on cleaning up the flats and ensuring the safety of the residents.
For instance, he revealed that the works to replace the water pipes and sewerage started in 2014, but that in Block A has not yet been completed.
“It has been three years since the project took off and the residents have to suffer while waiting for its completion.”
In addition, Ooi noted that the flats have been neglected as there are many spider web in their interior. People could also trip or fall over broken and missing drains in the vicinity.
“This is especially dangerous to senior citizens, children or anyone who doesn’t see it and may injure themselves,” he told the media at the Gerakan Rifle Range Centre on Tuesday (19 December).
“The state government is in the midst of painting the ‘I Love Penang’ logo on the blocks here. Instead, they should use the funds to upgrade the safety and cleanliness of the flats.”
Meanwhile, he pointed out that several automobiles have been abandoned in the PPR project’s parking lot. These have not been taken by their owners or towed away by the city officials.
“It is believed that the owner of one such car was told about the matter but he was reluctant to move and now it is not fit to be driven.”
According to Rifle Range Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) member S. Balasubramaniam, the issue over the forsaken cars has existed for several years.
“We worked with the state Housing Department some three years ago to remove the abandoned vehicles. We did it twice. Then, the housing department did not take any initiative to look into the matter again after that.”
“The same goes for the cleanliness issue as the department did not come to supervise any cleaning work in the area. The residents, too, are not helping to keep their compound clean,” he added.
Image sourced from The Star.
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