High-rise dwellers owe us RM910,000 in arrears, says PDC

THE Penang Development Corporation (PDC) is repairing 10 lifts at Taman Pelangi in Lintang Macallum 2 at a cost of RM1mil.

PDC general manager Datuk Rosli Jaafar said work was in progress.

He also acknowledged that a lift at one of the five blocks was not working for two months because of an underground cable shorting.

“The same lift has some intermittent problems as the lift’s electronic system is very old and has surpassed its life span of 15 years.

“In view of this problem, PDC has requested a representative from the lift company to station a technician at Taman Pelangi until the lift is repaired,” he said in a statement.

Rosli was responding to a report in The Star on Jan 30 which saw several residents voicing their dissatisfaction over maintenance works, services and service charge collection at Taman Pelangi.

He added that PDC and its subsidiary PDC Urus Setia had continued to render their services over the years despite huge service charge and interest arrears owed by the residents.

He said the arrears totalled RM910,000 as of Dec 31, 2014.

“Apart from normal routine maintenance services, the PDC has also carried out other works such as water proofing, changing of roofs, changing of pipes, refurbishing all water pumps, repairing of all water tanks, changing of water tank electrodes, repairing of drains, air wells and roads,” he said.

“The current service charge of RM48 paid by the residents, which has never been increased since the beginning, is far too low for good maintenance services.

“At the present rate, a service charge of RM90 is required to keep the place up to mark,” he said.

“Nevertheless, I wish to reiterate that PDC has ensured that basic amenities at the blocks are well taken care of despite the deficit,” he said.

Rosli added that the total service charge collection from date of vacant possession of the units until the end of last year was RM10.4mil (95%) out of RM10.9mil billed and the total maintenance cost was RM18.4mil, resulting in a cumulative deficit of RM8mil, which was subsidised by PDC and PDC Setia Urus.

“We therefore urge all residents to do their part in paying up their arrears.

“The interest charge is simple interest and not compound interest.

“To further assist defaulters, PDC has decided that those owing more than RM5,000 will be allowed to pay the amount owing in instalments over a maximum period of six months,” he said.

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