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The damage: Gary (right) and his wife Shanta showing the wall that collapsed inside their home.
A FAMILY of five were forced to move out after a wall inside their house collapsed in Taman Kobena, Cheras.
Housewife V. Shanta Anna was in the living room when the incident happened on Sunday.
“My mother had just finished bathing my two children and had walked into the kitchen when the wall in the room suddenly collapsed.
“She was so stunned she could not move,” she said.
Fire and Rescue Department personnel advised the family to move out of their two-storey terrace house pending investigations.
Shanta’s husband, Gary Sritharan, who works as a building manager, said the problem started about 10 years ago following the construction of a condominium directly behind their house.
“Cracks began appearing on our walls and over the years, even the floor cracked and one side of the house started sinking.
“Ours is not the only house
At least 10 others here have experienced similar problems,” he said, adding that most had moved out and sold their houses.
Gary blamed the problem on improper piling work, adding
that they were the original owners and had been living there since 1995.
He said the family had lodged complaints with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and even approached the condominium developer, to no avail.
“DBKL claimed that our house was
illegally renovated,” he said.
However, Gary said their building plans to extend the back of the house had been approved.
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