Desa Mentari residents make stagger payments to settle water bill

Desa Mentari residents owe Syabas RM190,000 in water bills.

THREE low-cost apartment blocks in Desa Mentari, Bandar Sunway have agreed to reduce their water arrears with Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) after enduring three days of water cuts, earlier this month.

Residents and the flats’ managing agent have agreed to instalment plans with the water concessionaire to pay up outstanding arrears.

Syabas had given them a two-week grace period on March 6 to agree to instalment payments.

Syabas’s Corporate Communications & Public Affairs general manager Priscilla Alfred said Desa Mentari Block 1, which owed RM46,343.40, had managed to pay up RM18,316, as first payment.

Meanwhile Block 3, which owed over RM36,000, had managed to pay up RM5,229,60, and will put up another RM5,000 on March 20, with the rest through instalments.

Block 2, the largest unit with 800 households, managed to pay RM15,312.40 out of its RM136,000 arrears, and will also put up a payment of RM5,000 on March 20.

In the supply cut which took place from March 4 to 6, residents had to make their way down to the local mosque and surau to refill their buckets, and even tapped the fire-hydrant reserve.

This led to a meeting organised on March 6 at the local surau by Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen’s office between residents, Syabas and the flats’ managing agent, which saw some heated words being exchanged.

Supply was restored on March 6 after Chen sent in an appeal letter.


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