AS the maintenance body behind the upkeep and improvement of Selangor’s Public People’s Housing scheme, Perumahan Dan Hartanah Selangor Sdn Bhd (PHSSB) has a lot on their plate.
Three of the four PPRs in Selangor, Hicom, Kota Damansara and Serendah are under the upkeep of the company, a subsidiary of the Selangor Housing and Real Estate Board (LPHS).
PHSSB general manager Nazmi Osman said the two most formidable challenges they face is the attitude of the people staying there as well as their lack of care for public property.
The lackadaisical attitude of the residents and their lack of commitment to pay their rental has resulted in a lot of problems for the management.
Despite the battle of wits with reluctant residents, PHSSB has managed to collect 90% of the current rental from residents.
“The key is to follow-up with them and send them notices after each deadline,” he added.
The money collected from the rental is used for the upkeep and day to day expenses of the flats.
Nazmi said the body was a good solution for maintenance since they are trained for the task.
Nazmi himself has 17 years of experience managing Menara MPAJ in Ampang for the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council.
He said the company are aware of its duties and hopes to break even since the money collected needs to be channelled back to the people.
Asked if he felt that PHSSB should manage all the PPRs including Lembah Subang which is under the jurisdiction of the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), he said it depends on circumstances.
“It is difficult for any organisation to take over the management of any building if the major repairs are not done,” he added.
He also said blaming the people for the state of disrepair at PPR flats was unfair. Nazmi said it is better to look at helping and guiding the residents to safeguard and keep their homes in order.