Desa Changkat residents say nearby construction causing damage to homes


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A DESA Changkat resident in Batu Gajah is living in fear that the roof of her house will soon collapse.

S. Pauline, a former Bukit Aman staff, claimed that the structural integrity of her home became unstable following piling work at a nearby construction project.

She said hairline cracks first appeared when construction started in 2006.

“My house was not badly affected then, but other houses in the surrounding area were.

“Last August, another round of piling work started and some large cracks appeared in my house,” she said.

Pauline said the front part of her house, including the porch and bedroom, sunk slightly while some pipes burst, adding that her house also shook during the piling works.

“I have spent about RM120,000 to repair some of the cracks and the piping,” she said, adding that the house belonged to her late parents.

Pauline, in her 60s, expressed indignation with Batu Gajah District Council for allowing the construction in the area.

“Some of the residents here have made numerous complaints to the district council but to no avail.

“Some of my neighbours have even sold their land and moved away,” she said.

Pauline said the land where the construction is taking place used to have a mining pool.

“The land should not be used to construct buildings as it is too close to residences,” she added.

Former executive officer Bhajinik Singh, 68, said the piling work in 2006 caused a landslide behind his house, which was situated on high terrain.

“Part of my kitchen sunk.

“The septic tank was also swept away by the landslide.

“Cracks have appeared in several parts of my house,” he said, adding that his house was uninhabitable and he was currently living elsewhere.

Bhajinik said he tried to repair the eroded ledge but was unable to complete it.

“I was told there could be more piling work to build a hall for the project.

“I will not waste my money to fix the ledge now only for the piling work to undo everything,” he said.

Batu Gajah District Council president Mohamad Razif Ramli declined to comment when contacted.

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