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by teh eng hock AND elan perumal
First thing in the morning: Taman Permata low-cost flats residents having breakfast at their makeshift tent. — filepic
RESIDENTS of the low-cost flats in Taman Permata, Dengkil, can move back to their homes within a month.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB) had called for tenders to repair the units, and would announce the contractor next week.
“Next week, the contractor will start fixing the flats. It should not take more than a month,” he said.
He added that the state government had set aside RM500,000 for renovation work on the flats, which were affected by sinkhole problems in early June.
On June 22, StarMetro reported that residents had to live in tents at the carpark after the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSp) declared the flats unsafe for occupation.
The units had cracks all over, with tiles falling off from the wall and ceilings on the verge of collapse.
Some 400 families have been affected, with many still living in tents and a multipurpose hall after more than 90 days.
Khalid said the state government had also identified 12ha of land, which is some 5km away from the current flats, to build new houses for the residents.
“It will take 18 to 24 months to build the new units.
“So, in the meantime, we have to fix the old flats first,” he said.
He added that the state executive council had sent a letter to the Federal Government informing them that land was available for the construction of replacement housing for the residents.
Khalid said building new lodging for the residents was the responsibility of the
Federal Government, as the current flats were also developed by them.
The residents had recently threatened to shift to outside the government offices in Shah Alam and Putrajaya if their problem is not resolved within the next 10 days.
“We will move to the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah building where the MB’s office is located and the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.
“We are prepared to do this if there is no change in our condition after 100 days,” said Taman Permata Residents Association secretary K. Ramadass.
He said the residents had given the authorities enough time.
“We do not understand why it is taking so long to resolve the issue,” he added.
Ramadass said almost all the 400 families from Taman Permata wanted terrace houses to replace their flats, which would deteriorate further over time.
The families were relocated to the five blocks of Taman Permata flats when their estates including Prang Besar, Galloway, Sedgley and Medengley, had to make way for the development of Putrajaya in 1999.
It was reported earlier that the former estate workers were promised link houses but got flats instead.
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