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DBKL should ensure only trusted firms engage in high-rise maintenance


KUALA Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Commissioner for Building (COB) should form a panel of certified and experienced maintenance companies to better manage the facilities at apartments and condominiums, says Kepong Community Centre head Yee Poh Ping

The Joint Management Body (JMB) of apartments and condominiums can then choose their preferred maintenance company from the list.

Yee said this move could prevent the JMB from abusing maintenance fees collected from residents, as well as inefficiency in handling the monies.

“Maintenance companies are experienced in handling all the facilities in apartments, and the JMB can act as a supervisor in the process.

“I have come across many similar grouses from Kepong residents about facilities not maintained properly.

“Complaints to the COB on inefficient administration of the JMB would take a long time to resolve due to shortage of manpower.

“With the panel of maintenance companies, it can reduce the workload of the COB and JMB,” he said during a press conference at Mutiara Fadason flats in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur.

The idea was raised as four out of six lifts at the three blocks of 18-storey flats have been down for almost a month.

The residential blocks – Block A, B and C – have two lifts each but residents at Block C have been forced to use the stairs daily as both lifts are faulty.

Meanwhile, the other two blocks have only one functioning lift each.

(From left) Nasom honorary treasurer Hasree Khaw Abdullah receiving a RM3,000 donation Ng, Noraini and Yap. — LOW BOON TAT/TheStar
Soh (front) lugging items for her shop down the stairs from the 12th floor of Mutiara Fadason where she lives.

Other problems raised during the press conference included littering, and leaking ceiling on all three blocks.

The blocks do not have any roof, therefore the concrete ceilings crack from exposure to weather, resulting in leaks at common areas.

“The dire state of the residential blocks has led residents to question the whereabouts of the maintenance funds with some refusing to pay their share due to the lack of repairs.

“However, this is not an overnight problem and the JMB does not have money for the repairs due to two reasons.

“Firstly, only 50% of the residents settle their maintenance fees and the previous JMB committee was ineffective in collecting maintenance fees and sinking funds,” he said.

Yee hit out at unit owners and investors who defaulted on their maintenance fee, which is only RM40 a month.

“The fee is considered cheap and there are investors who rent out the unit for RM600 to RM700 a month. There is no excuse to not pay up their arrears.

“A new JMB committee was selected this year but they took over a debt of about RM1mil, including unpaid quit rent,” Yee added.

Mutiara Fadason’s Joint Management Body treasurer Song Kok Ann said they tried to start a cash call to raise funds for the maintenance of facilities but the effort was in vain as many residents refused to help.

“Now, we need to fix the lift in Block C and we will be meeting with the COB to discuss the matter further,” he said.

The faulty lifts force noodle seller Soh Yi Hua, 72, to spend one hour carrying bags of noodles from her apartment on the 12th floor to her shop on the ground floor.”

I have to wake up earlier so that I can make it on time.

“My legs ache because of the climbing and heavy load,” she said, adding that the faulty facilities were an inconvenience for her as well as other residents.

   

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