LEAKING roof, broken tiles, damaged rain gutters, bad piping and broken railing – these are usually the tell-tale signs of an ageing building falling apart from neglect.
However, these problems are seen at a new building opened just over two years ago.
It is the multi-level parking facility for the Intan Baiduri People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur.
The carpark was completed in September 2017 but remained inaccessible to residents until December 2018 when it was finally issued with the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC).
Costing RM30mil, it is one of 12 multi-storey carparks built by DBKL.
PPR Intan Baiduri Block A chief Khairul Anuwar Yusoff said that when the carpark was finally opened after a long wait, the building had so many problems.
“The first time we noticed problems was when it rained.
“Rainwater came gushing out of pipes and flooded the lower floors.’’
He said the water would remain stagnant in the carpark for days and turn into a mosquito breeding ground.
“It looks so modern and sophisticated from the outside, ’’ said resident Zamanhury Ezin, “but things are falling apart inside.”
At PPR Desa Tun Razak in Bandar Tun Razak, the multi-storey carpark is still not open despite the building being completed over a year earlier.
The PPR residents committee chairman Anuar Sudin said the eight-storey building with 1,186 parking bays was not accessible to residents.
“We have 3,000 cars here, which is increasing and people double- and triple-park, while this huge modern building that is built for the residents has become a white elephant, ’’ he said.
He highlighted that the residents had earlier opposed the carpark project because it was built on playground land.
“We asked DBKL to build it at another spot nearby, but they said that was too far.
“So they took our playground and built this instead. Now our children have no place to play, and we still have no place to park, ’’ he added.
Similarly, residents of PPR Desa Rejang in Taman Setapak Jaya have waited a long time for their parking facility, but although it is completed now, it does not have the CCC.
PPR Desa Rejang Residents Association chairman Mohd Noor Md Tahir said there were some issues with the contractor and parking was still chaotic.
Residents of PPR Hiliran Ampang in Jalan Ampang Putra are also patiently waiting for their carpark to open as the area is highly congested.
“It is ready, but we are still waiting for DBKL to open it, ’’ said Block B and C RA chairman Azizan Othman.
“The place is congested as many families own more than one car and you can see people double- and triple-park every day, ’’ he said, hoping the situation would end soon.
Meanwhile, the residents of PPR Sri Kota in Bandar Tun Razak have a new multi-storey carpark for over a year now, but only a quarter of the residents use it.
“At first we were unhappy with the RM60 monthly parking rate, it was expensive.
“DBKL has agreed to reduce the amount to RM30, which I think is reasonable, but many still refuse to use the facility, ’’ said PPR Sri Kota Residents Association chairman Noor Rimah Mohamad.
She said this was due to some tenants still owing a large sum of unpaid rental to DBKL.
Resident Remah Hassan said residents should stop being irresponsible and pay up their dues.
“You owe, you pay. I have been paying my rent promptly for years and so should everyone else. It is so cheap already.
“These carparks were built for the residents and they should make use of it, ’’ she said.