Only nine months and things are breaking up

A tragedy waiting to occur should this railing give way.

The 12-storey Kantan Court flats in Taman Bukit Serdang are only nine months old, but the corridor railings are already shaky. 

Hairline cracks can be seen on some of the columns between railings.  

No adult dares to go near the railings for fear that they may break and fall anytime, and parents are worried sick that their children may become the victims.  

The residents are also worried about security, as a car was stolen from the car park and homes were broken into on at least three occasions. 

Taman Bukit Serdang Kantan Court and Section Four Owners and Residents’ Association chairman Chang Tham Fatt said the association had submitted three letters urging developer, Khidmat Tulin Sdn Bhd, and its management company, TBS Management Sdn Bhd, to attend to the matters.  

A dialogue was held between the developer and residents in mid-September.  

“In response, the developer merely sent several workers to do simple welding and add cement.  

“We’ve lived here only nine months, and all these problems are already happening. What will we get in the next few years?” Chang lamented, adding that a unit was sold at about RM80,000 and maintenance fee was RM70 monthly.  

There are 516 units in the two blocks.  

“They (the developer and the maintenance company) wrote a letter saying all these problems are not structural defects, but caused by residents who carried out renovations,” added Chang. 

When queried, Khidmat Tulin planning and development manager Tony Ling replied in an e-mail that the corridor railings were built in accordance with the consultant’s design. He said a few railings were found to be shaky due to impact from heavy objects, and hairline cracks on some of the columns were also the result of such an impact. 

He added that the developer had instructed the sub-contractors to rectify the problems as the project was still within the defect liability period. 

Rods on steel fencing can easily be broken.

On the complaint of rods breaking off from the steel fencing surrounding the flats, Ling said: “The management company has reported that such incident is the result of vandalism and is taking steps to remedy this.” 

Answering concerns about security problems, Ling wrote: “The management company is investigating the matter and inquiries are being conducted on the security guards on duty. 

“The management company will take appropriate action upon the outcome of the investigation.” 

The e-mail continued: “We wish to inform that we are in the midst of assisting the owners/residents in setting up a Pre-Management Corporation, in compliance with the policies and guidelines of Selangor Housing and Property Board, which shall take over the role and functions of any resident committee.”  

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