PjC to find solution for houseowners

(Right) Muhammad Azmi and PjC City Planning deputy president Datuk Fadlun Mak Ujud looking at the blocked drainage system at the Melinjau PPAM carpark. Looking on are unit owners.

DISGRUNTLED owners of the Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Programme (PPAM) Melinjau project in Presint 11, Putrajaya, hope their complaints on defects in their units and surroundings will be addressed soon.

This was after newly minted Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) president Datuk Muhammad Azmi Mohd Zain visited the site and assured them that he would talk to the relevant authorities to find a solution.

He ordered PjC officers to gather all the complaints and categorise them into three main segments — common areas, safety concerns and individual units.

“We will talk to the Housing and Local Government Ministry and the developer on how to solve the problems.

“Our priority is to identify the issues and estimate the cost of rectification.

“PjC officers have also written to the Works Ministry asking for its expertise on the structures to ensure that they are truly safe for occupancy,” he said.

Muhammad Azmi added that there were many complaints about shoddy workmanship, which could be fixed immediately, provided the structures were safe.

Melinjau PPAM Residents Association president Fakrullah Ismail said the owners were frustrated at the long list of housing defects.

He said the construction of the building was a rushed job.

“The appointed contractors did try to remedy the defects in some of the units following the complaints.

“However, many residents were not satisfied with the work as it was only a temporary fix,” said Fakrullah.

He added that other complaints included poor placement of poles and pillars, haphazard plastering, cracked walls, poor materials, incomplete piping and drainage systems as well as leakage.

Developer Jaya Zira Sdn Bhd project manager Effendi Mohd Yusof, who was present during Muhammad Azmi’s visit, said they were facing financial difficulties to carry out the repairs as the disbursement of the Facilitation Fund by the Federal Government was held back.

Effendi said the company was supposed to receive RM21mil as per the fund agreement after delivery of vacant possession.

“We received the Certificate of Completion and Compliance in July last year and the vacant possession was delivered in phases the next month but we have yet to receive due payment.

“We need the money to conduct the repairs.

“But despite the delay in payment, we have repaired over 500 out of a total 650 units, out of which more than 366 units owners have signed the repair completion forms.

“I was told that a new supplementary agreement to the original Facilitation Fund Agreement would be made to formulate a new disbursement method,” he said.
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