Residents disappointed over PKNS’ lack of response

Effects of soil movement: The porch of the vacated houses in Jalan Plumbum Seksyen 7, Shah Alam have collapsed, leaving gaping holes and cracks.

RESIDENTS affected by the soil movement in Jalan Plumbum, Shah Alam, are unhappy with the lack of communication from the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).

Jalan Plumbum 101 and 103 Residents’ Association (RA) secretary Che Mat Ilmi said they had not heard from PKNS since 12 residents were evacuated from their houses last month after a retaining wall collapsed and the area was declared a disaster zone level one.

According to Che Mat, the RA’s lawyer had written a letter to PKNS asking for a detailed timeline on rectification works last month.

“We had also asked about the damage to the houses caused by the soil erosion but we have not received any news from them,” he said.

Che Mat said PKNS should be more professional and proactive in helping the residents resolve the issues they are currently facing.

Their lawyer is in the midst of drafting a second letter in hopes of a response.

“I am angry at this turn of events, this is not the first time the soil erosion has occurred and we want the problem solved once and for all,” he added.

The entire development along the stretch has seen erosion and soil movement over the years but the most recent incident forced 12 residents to evacuate.

A check by StarMetro revealed the houses to be in a sorry state with broken tiles and sunken porches coupled with crooked gates.

In a statement issued to the StarMetro, PKNS public relations manager Ishak Hashim said the situation would be monitored for three months at least.

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) had issued a stop-work order to the developer after the wall had collapsed.

“MBSA will call the developer and PKNS once again on May 20 to reveal the initial findings and possibilities of further soil movement in the area,” he added.

Ishak also said all 12 residents and their families would continue receiving the monthly rental for their temporary homes around the Klang Valley, ranging from RM2,000 to RM2,500.

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