RESIDENTS of Taman Teluk Gedung Indah’s low-cost flats in Port Klang are worried that their building will collapse on them.
Built on what used to be a swampland in 2001, the flats has two blocks of five-storeys with 100 units each.
A big gap has formed between the ground and the bottom of the flats due to ground settlement.
The residents say the soil beneath the building started eroding 10 years later.
Residents have tried filling the gap with large rocks, but to no avail, as it continued to widen.
To make matters worse, the roof was blown away by strong winds, leaving most of the top units uncovered and forced many residents to move out.
“The sewage and water pipes built underneath the building are damaged too,” said resident M. Devendran
The 29-year-old has been living in a three-room unit for 13 years, together with eight other family members.
“When we moved into this place it was nice, but now many owners have moved out due to the worsening condition.
“Most owners have tried renting out their units but the tenants leave after a month or two because they cannot stand the living conditions here,” said Devendran who cannot afford to move out.
Despite numerous complaints to both the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) and the developer, the residents have claimed that nothing has been done.
They said that both parties have been pushing the responsibility to each other.
Cracks also appeared on the walls and damaged the stairs in the building.
Most of the stairs have broken cement parts and the metal railings have rusted.
These dangerous living conditions have led to numerous accidents.
Devendran said he sustained injuries after slipping and falling down the stairs after sewage water overflowed from one of the units.
The residents related their woes to Selangor Housing and Urban Living Committee chairman Haniza Talha and Pelabuhan Klang assemblyman Azmizam Zaman Huri during a site visit.
“Many residents have complained to me about this matter.
“Those living near the low-cost flats are also worried,” said Azmizam.
He added that the flats was also a dengue hotspot due to the holes in the roof where rainwater could collect.
“This building is no longer habitable and it is especially unsafe for children,” he said.
Azmizam added that most of the broken staircases had to be cordoned off.
The Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) had plans to repair the roof, but it was postponed pending studies to ascertain if the damage to the building was structural, said Haniza who will raise the matter at the state exco meeting today.
“If it is determined that the structure is faulty, the developer must repair the building immediately,” she said.
Haniza added that developers must be responsible for their projects.
“When structural damage is involved, there is no such thing as the developer only being liable for the first two years,” she said.
“If investigations show that the ground settlement is not due to structural causes, the government will engage experts to repair the building,” she said.
Haniza added that when the project started, there were no guidelines for developments on swampland.
“Now, there are guidelines in place and all developments will have to adhere to requirements to prevent problems in the future,” she said.