THE deplorable living conditions in Taman Perai Indah apartments in Prai has gotten the attention of Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP).
Its mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said investigations found that about 95% of the residents are foreigners and although a roll-on-roll-off bin is provided, they do not throw their garbage into it.
“The conditions are dirty because they do not use the bin.
“MBSP’s Commissioner of Buildings (CoB) has contacted the block’s Joint Management Body (JMB) and taken action to address the complaints.
“Workers from the city council have emptied the garbage bin. The JMB is found to be responsible for the property.
“We will be stern and will ensure that the JMB conducts cleaning works at the property.
“The management is urged to conduct surveillance to identify units or individuals responsible for the dumping or causing disturbance.
“If found guilty, MBSP will take strict action on the offender using powers given by Local Government Act 1976, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
Section 74 of the Act provides that any occupier of any building who causes the premises to become filthy or overgrown with rank and foul vegetation can be fined up to RM1,000, jailed for up to six months, or both.
A further fine of up to RM100 can be issued for every day the offence is continued after conviction.
Yesterday, it was reported that the condition at Block C of Taman Perai Indah apartments had worsened during the movement control order (MCO) as foreign factory workers did not go to work and stayed in the units.
An inspection of the medium- cost apartment block, which has 180 units, showed holes under the broken lift’s shaft filled with rubbish.
There were empty liquor bottles scattered along hallways and stairways.
The drains around the block are filled with greasy sludge. Food waste were strewn everywhere in the compound.
The walls of the building were stained with red betel nut juice spit.
Building manager M. Kajendran said the habit of residents tossing garbage out of their apartment windows had been going on for years, but with the MCO, the cleaners just couldn’t handle the overload.
“Residents here are uneducated. They just throw everything out of their units.
“No human in his right mind would do such a thing. Today we clean. Tomorrow, it’s a mess again, ” he said.
Kajendran said although the monthly maintenance per unit was only RM80, some unit owners have accumulated up to RM25,000 in overdue payment.
“About 60% of the owners here do not pay the maintenance fee.
“We have only two cleaners maintaining this block and sometimes we have to get help from other cleaners from Block A, ” he added.
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