Shoddy upgrade in PJ areas


1 In Section 5, Petaling Jaya, park-goers began to notice cracks on the walkway just weeks after it was upgraded.2 Jayakumar pointing out the poor road resurfacing job, where some portions were not milled, at Kampung Lindungan in PJS6, Petaling Jaya.

1 In Section 5, Petaling Jaya, park-goers began to notice cracks on the walkway just weeks after it was upgraded.2 Jayakumar pointing out the poor road resurfacing job, where some portions were not milled, at Kampung Lindungan in PJS6, Petaling Jaya.

RESIDENTS at two neighbourhoods hoping for improved facilities have instead been saddled with poor road resurfacing and shoddy playground upgrade.

At Kampung Lindungan in PJS6, Petaling Jaya, long-time resident Jayakumar Chelliah pointed out to StarMetro the areas that had been poorly resurfaced without milling the road.

Some of the affected roads were Jalan 6/4E, Jalan 6/4F and Jalan 6/4A.

Jayakumar, a civil engineer, said it was obvious some portions of the roads were not milled as they were higher on one side.

“This has resulted in a higher road level and at some spots, the scupper drains are now covered,” he said.

The neighbourhood is prone to flooding and residents want the council to resolve this issue fast.

Jayakumar said the residents were not notified to remove their vehicles for the resurfacing work.

“I know how roads should be resurfaced and this contractor skipped a part of the process. When queried, he told me that he had returned the milling machine when it came to my road. There are spots on the road that have not been resurfaced.

“This is unacceptable as it is a council project,” said Jayakumar.

He also noted that there were no supervisor or engineer from Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to check on the work.

He added that he had contacted the area councillor several times but the issue remained unresolved.

In Section 5, Petaling Jaya, residents were happy over news that the mini park and playground in Jalan 5/46 was to be upgraded.

But they question the work quality after the project was completed in March.

When StarMetro visited the site, park users highlighted the broken pavements and railings.

They also complained that the basketball court at the playground was closed for about four months but there was not much renovation done.

“Instead, the cracks on the basketball court were covered with a thin layer of cement. Within weeks the cement had started cracking,” they noted.

Those using the basketball court, mostly teenagers, worry that the uneven surface could cause them injuries.

A park user, Charlie Ng, said the playground used to be prone to flood.

“After the park upgrade, that problem seems to be solved.

“However, my friends and I began to notice the cracks on the walkway pavements just weeks after it was upgraded.”

He said the park was popular among residents of all ages and it was well used.

“We hope the council will investigate why the job was not well done. These projects are funded by the council and we hope money is not wasted,” he added.

Former Petaling Jaya councillor Chan Chee Kong said his son used the basketball court and complained about the shoddy upgrading job.

“My son and his friends were excitedly waiting for a new court.

“But they noticed that no major or substantial renovation was done.

“The old nets were refitted back. The court used to have cracks but the cement used to seal those cracks is damaged and the court is ugly and unsafe,” said Chan.

MBPJ has not responded to StarMetro’s request for comment. on the cases.