Posted: 06 Apr 2012 12:20 PM PDT
KUCHING: Non-payment of monthly fees led to poor maintenance of affordable flats in Taman Flora Indah at Jalan Arang.
Chairman of the Neighbourbood Watch Committee of Taman Flora Indah Ong Liang Boo said 80 per cent of residents had for years refused to pay the monthly maintenance fee of RM30.
As such, the Housing Commission (HC) provided poor service, causing many residents, particularly those who paid the monthly charge, to be unhappy with the situation, he told journalists when Padawan Municipal Council (PMC) chairman Lo Khere Chiang visited the residential site yesterday.
Furthermore, Ong complained that they had been residing in Taman Flora Indah for 13 years, but none of them was issued strata titles by the authorities.
He claimed the fire extinguisher assigned to each of the 18 blocks had not been replaced for at least five years.
And the manhole covers in the area had got stolen from time to time. He felt it was the obligation of the HC to replace them.
To address the problems, the committee together with MPP officials held a dialogue with the HC two months ago.
A couple of suggestions or solutions came up during the dialogue. One was for a booth to be set up for the commission to collect the monthly fee from residents.
"The HC has a booth here to collect the fee but it opens from 9am to noon when most people are at work.
"We thus request that the booth be open from morning to evening so residents can make their payment."
Ong hoped that the council would look into the issues.
According to him, the commission said maintenance was not properly done as many residents failed to pay the monthly fee.
But Lo responded: "Somebody has to be responsible and in this case, the HC must be responsible for it."
"It is not a good reason to say residents did not pay the maintenance fee hence no service. They should continue the service but take legal action against those who do not pay. It is not appropriate to penalise all because of some culprits."
Lo disclosed that almost all affordable flats within the jurisdiction of MPP did not get adequate attention from the Housing Commission. These flats are located in Matang, Landeh, Mile 13 Kuching-Serian Road, Batu Kawa and Tondong.
"There are many flats under MPP facing similar problems, all under the maintenance of the HC. Therefore, we have requested it to surrender the open space of these flats to the council.
"The council can request for Marris (Malaysia Road Records Information System) fund from the federal government. At the moment, we get RM12 million and we can increase the amount gradually."
On the strata titles, Lo said the commission should issue them as stipulated under the Strata Title Ordinance.
"The HC will not be happy with me for pointing this out but as a responsible authority, you have to do it. The ball is in its court."
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