Cracks and damages at Skudai homes yet to be resolved

From the top: Marion showing some the visible cracks in her house and the gaps are widening.

JOHOR BARU: Chef Jackie Marion is living in fear that her home would collapse due to huge cracks on the wall that have worsen in the past two years.

She said that from hairline cracks to huge visible cracks, her home is now falling apart due the major housing developments taking place opposite her house.

“I am fed up with all the authorities pointing fingers at each other but none are taking proactive measures to resolve the issue,” she told StarMetro when met at her home along Jalan Melawati 17 in Skudai recently.

Marion said that she lodged a police report over cracks in her home in early 2013 before highlighting the problem to the Johor Baru Central Municipal Council (MPJBT) as advised by the police.

“Several other house owners had also brought forward the issue to the council and the media, prompting MPJBT to investigate last year and concluded that the damages were caused by the construction works nearby,” she added.

As the cracks were getting bigger and the water supply in her home disrupted due to a shift in the water tank on the roof, Marion decided to approach the council for help only to be redirected to Skudai assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau.

“They (MPJBT) told me that the case had been handed over to the DAP office as the area is under their constituency, but much to my dismay, Dr Boo only handed me a note and told me to seek help from the Bar Committee.

“The Bar Committee then told me that I must hire a lawyer and adjustor to evaluate the damages before a notice could be served to the developer, but I cannot afford to pay for these fees and it is just completely unfair if I have to bear the burden,” she said.

Marion, who is currently residing in the house alone, added that she was forced to turn off the main water supply as water was starting to leak through the cracks into her hall and bedroom since last year.

“Some of the power sockets are also no longer useable, as the house foundation has shifted,” she said adding that a huge crack could also be seen dividing her home from her neighbour’s on the left.

Worried not only for her safety but also her future, Marion urged the authorities to take proactive actions and find an amicable solution to ease her woes.

When contacted, MPJBT public relations chief Salwa Abd Rashid clarified that the council only did a preliminary investigation and did not confirm that the cause of the cracks were due to the nearby construction works.

“We have directed the developer to conduct a detailed investigation to find out if the actual cause of the damage was due to their ongoing works,” he said, adding that the council will meet with the residents in the next two weeks to discuss about the matter.

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