POWER supply to the Seri Pulai flats in Balakong will be cut if an oustanding bill of RM50,000 is not settled by the end of the month.
The power cut will only add to the problems the residents are facing now like uncollected garbage and frequent break-ins.
Several police reports, complaints to the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) seem to have fallen on deaf ears.
The management company, Property Management Sdn Bhd, ceased operations and left the problems to the Joint Management Board and its chairman, Dr Shankar Ganesh, to clean up.
Ganesh said the electricity bill had piled up as not every household settled their monthly bills while only 100 of the 708 units paid their monthly RM30 maintenance fee.
Ganesh, who operates a veterinary clinic in the area, said the JMB was only two months old and it is already beset with problems beyond its control.
“The police are unable to control the spate of break-ins as it has become an almost daily affair. Most of the houses affected are those on the top floor of the walk-up units.
“TNB has washed its hands saying it has become too costly to replace the stolen earth wires,” he said.
Serdang MP Tio Nie Ching and MPKJ councillor Lee Ah Seng said they would bring up the matter with the relevant authorities but the residents feel there is nothing much anybody can do.
“The problems are not new. The only way to overcome the problem is for the police to come down hard on the culprits. Everything that happens here boils down to theft and thuggery,” Ganesh said.
Au Yong Wing On, Chong Ah Moi and Lee Hui Yen, whose units were broken into recently, said they had suffered heavy losses.
V. Manan and K. Murali said the area had become a haven for drug addicts as some of the vacant units had become drug dens and some turned into garbage collection centres by the residents themselves.
“There is no way to control the drug addicts as they turn aggressive when approached. We have also been threatened.
“The residents must also learn to keep their surroundings clean. We are living amid filth,” Manan said.
R. Gunasegaran said residents on the ground floor suffered the most as those on the upper floors would throw the garbage down from their units.
He said even the areas designated for garbage disposal were no better as rubbish was just piling up and had not been collected for weeks.