Three houseowners are seeking compensation from a contractor on a sewerage upgrading project in Taman Taming Emas in Sungai Chua, Kajang, after their houses suffered major cracks because of construction works carried out at the road outside their homes.
A date has yet to be set to discuss repair works or compensation with the contractor.
However, Kajang Municipal Council said it would step in as mediator between the two parties.
Lew Hui Tse, 45, said all the homeowners wanted was a safe place to stay.
“This problem, which has dragged on for too long, has forced me to rent a place elsewhere even though I have this property.
“The repair quotation for the house is RM250,000 but the contractor has only agreed to RM180,000, a sum which we have yet to receive, ” she said in a press conference.
The problem started when cracks began to surface on the walls of her house in Jalan Taming Emas 3 in July 2017.
The cracks worsened over time and after an assessment by the contractor in May 2018, the houses were deemed unsafe and the occupants asked to relocate temporarily.
According to the affected houseowners, the contractor verbally promised to carry out rectification works within six months but nothing had been done so far.
Some 156 houses were said to be affected by the central sewerage treatment plant upgrading works.
Most of the buildings had only minor cracks and the contractor repaired 149 houses.
Another houseowner, Khor Sim Ee, 50, said the last letter she received from the contractor was dated July last year.
“I wanted to sell the house in 2015 but there was no buyer then.
“With the cracks now, how am I going to sell it?” she said.
Balakong assemblyman Wong Siew Ki said the houseowners could no longer tolerate the damage done to the homes.
“I have received numerous complaints from residents here about cracks appearing in their houses because of the sewerage upgrading project.
“I urge the contractor to rectify the problem, ” she said.
Up until press time, the contractor could not be reached for comment.
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