KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has promised to provide the Seri Aman People’s Housing Project (PPR) Residents Association (SAPPRRA) with the list of contractors hired to look into the urgent repairs at the units in Kepong.
Association chairman Mohamed Nawaz Koya told StarMetro that mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah had asked DBKL to provide the list following numerous complaints on the lack of transparency and communication by the authorities.
“The mayor has also ordered the DBKL maintenance officer to carry out a site visit with us soon and list down the problems.
“I also asked for another meeting to focus on solving our chronic problems.
“The mayor agreed and said that the water leakage problems must be addressed,” he said after a meeting between the mayor and SAPPRRA yesterday.
Mohamed Nawaz complained that the DBKL maintenance team arrived at the PPR on Monday to inspect the units without any notice or prior contact with the association.
“I did make a complaint to the mayor’s special assistant.
“The problem arose when the residents did not allow the contractors into their units to do the repair work.
“This is where we need cooperation from the authorities because the residents are upset that there is no notice given about the contractors’ visit.
“So when the residents come and complain to our association, we cannot do anything because we are also unaware of what is going on,” he added.
Mohamed Nawaz said SAPPRRA was supposed to meet the mayor last month but the meeting had been postponed twice.
The residents, mostly former squatters from Jinjang Utara longhouse, moved into the units in 2017, but soon started finding defects involving cracks, water seepage, leakage, mould and mildew in their units which gradually became worse.
StarMetro highlighted their problems in a report headlined “Incessant leaks plaguing PPR Seri Aman residents” on Dec 6, 2021.
Mohamed Nawaz said the lack of communication from DBKL about which contractors were coming to do repairs at the units was infuriating.
“I had also demanded that we identify how to solve the three major problems at the flats, of which are the internal and external water-proofing, rainwater seeping into the building, and the water pipe leakage from inside the walls.”
On June 23, about 40 residents held a peaceful protest outside DBKL headquarters to demand that their units be repaired by competent contractors.
DBKL has yet to comment at press time.