JOHOR BARU: The problem faced by Seri Alam resident M. Sandra, who has an awkwardly placed electrical pole at her front gate, has received responses from the public.
Yesterday, 339 people sent comments on the issue on the community page “What’s Going On In Johor Baru”.
They called on Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) to remove the pole without imposing a removal fee on Sandra.
Special officer to the Johor Mentri Besar R. Sabapathy said he would personally sort out the matter for Sandra.
“I will try to get TNB to remove the pole as soon as possible for free,” he said.
Sandra’s predicament was highlighted in The Star on Tuesday, which reported that she has been living in the house with the pole that obstructs her gate from being fully opened for two decades.
In a follow-up report, Pasir Gudang TNB branch manager Mohd Isran Che Mustapha explained that it only costs about RM1,500 to relocate the pole and it could be done once Sandra settles the sum.
Architect Lyndon D’Oliveiro wrote in via e-mail to say that he disagreed with TNB asking Sandra to pay.
“The poor positioning of pole and gate is the fault of either the town planner, developer and/or TNB, and they should be responsible for bearing the cost,” he said, adding that it was the resident’s right to have unobstructed access into her house.
Electrical engineer D. Samson, 30, who called The Star, said Sandra should get TNB to pay her rental for using the space in front of her house for the past 20 years.
“She cannot even open her gate fully and has been suffering all these years. Why should she be made to pay to relocate the pole?” he said.