Residents delighted with funds for lift maintenance


Jagdeep (in white) and Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz (in pink) checking out a functional lift at the Taman Kumbar Permai flats. With them are Penang Housing Board general manager Ainul Fadhilah Samsudi (right) and Kamaruzaman (second left). — Photo: K.T. GOH/The Star

RESIDENTS of the Taman Kumbar Permai flats in Teluk Kumbar, Penang, are relieved to receive funds for major lift maintenance works on five of their lifts.

Its residents association chairman Kamaruzaman Suradi said while they have regular maintenance work carried out on the lifts, they were in need of major upgrading works.

“In the last three or four years, we had scheduled maintenance from time to time but there are major parts in the lifts that needed to be replaced.

“Fortunately we are able to obtain an 80% aid on the maintenance work.

“With it, the residents will only have to pay 20% for the project and we are prepared to do that, ” he said, adding that there were 472 units at the flats with over 3,000 residents.

State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the state is providing nearly RM69,000 for the RM86,000 project and the rest of the cost would be funded collectively by the residents.

“This is under the funds we allocated from the state’s Housing Maintenance Maximum 80% Fund (TPM80PP).

“Up to now, we have spent RM262mil for 418 projects carried out at all eligible housing schemes in the state and we will continue to do it.

“As Penang is one of the biggest taxpaying states with over RM6bil worth of taxes contributed to the Federal Government annually, we hope the Government could channel some of their funds to help the housing schemes in Penang as well, ” he said.

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