THE FIRST thing visitors at Taman Putra Prima 8A (TPP8A), Puchong, would likely notice is the friendly and multilingual security guard captain Ramli Lee Abdullah, who heads the daytime shift.
TPP8A RA chairman Kong Kok Meng credits Ramli as a key reason for the RA having strong cooperation among its residents, and more than 95% in monetary collection for the neighbourhood’s services and activities.
“It took us two to three years to educate residents on the need to pay their fees and what it would be used for.
“Our RA was set up shortly after residents moved in about five years ago,” he said, adding that the RA was operated based on his experience in running an organisation and practices observed at his previous place of residence.
Kong said the RA’s three main roles were: to set up and maintain a gated-and-guarded community scheme in compliance with all local authority and statutory requirements, to monitor all infrastructure and public amenity works such as landscaping and security, as well as promoting a caring and civil society.
“Though maintenance and services such as garbage collection and landscaping are carried out by the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang), our RA steps in to supplement the service if the council is unable to do it,” said Kong.
“We used to have an issue over a park that borders our neighbourhood and Taman Putra Prima 8B. That was resolved through MPSepang, and the 0.5km-long park is now a shared common facility.”
While Taman Putra Prima will soon be getting its much-needed community hall, Kong said there was still the unresolved problem of the damaged Jalan Putra Prima Utara access road, which remains uneven despite the RM2.6mil spent to rebuild it several years ago.
He added that there was still a need for more amenities and services such as post office, schools, banks and petrol stations, to make the area a more self-contained township.