THE appointment of an association to manage a community hall in Taman Saga, Ampang was abruptly terminated after certain terms in its agreement were breached.
Ampang Jaya councillor Mohamad Samat, who is also chairman of Zone 23 Residents’ Committee (JKP), said one of the terms breached was charging for the use of the hall, adding that the termination was done according to the normal administration process.
“We have ended the appointment effective from Nov 27 but have given the association 14 days to initiate discussions with us and appeal for possible reappointment as managers of the hall,” he said.
He said the hall was now under the direct management of the JKP.
Mohamad said the association was appointed in 2010 to manage the hall, after they had requested for it, and it was within the JKP’s power to manage or appoint others to manage the hall as they deemed fit.
The hall located along Jalan Saga 22 is one of three structures built at an open space.
Taman Saga Residents’ Association (RA) chairman Alias Abd Rahman said many residents had wanted to use the hall but the rental of RM100 per use was a deterrent.
“The hall could have been used for many purposes such as religious classes and even as an emergency operations centre like when a hiker got lost recently and when he was found, had to be laid on the road while waiting for an ambulance. We could have placed the man in the comfort of the hall instead,” he said.
Alias, who had paid to use the hall before, including for the RA annual general meeting, said the hall was also falling into disrepair under the Malaysian Armed Forces Ex-Servicemen’s Association (PBTM).
“There are large holes in the ceiling and the wire fence has been bent out of shape. Even the flag poles are rusty and when compared to those at the kindergarten next door, it is shameful,” he said, adding that earlier this month he had paid for the repainting of the hall.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council public relations officer Norhayati Ahmad said there were no guidelines as to how the JKPs should manage the community halls in their respective zones.
“We leave it to them to decide if there should be any charges. These halls have been the JKPs’ responsibility to manage since 2009, after we took over all of them to prevent misuse,” she said, adding that the only stipulation from MPAJ was that the hall should not be used for the wrong purpose such as for political speeches.
When contacted, a PBTM spokesman said its representatives would try to arrange a meeting with the JKP next week.
“We have been using the hall for the past four years without problems and even spent about RM1,500 in 2010 after the appointment to repair and refurbish the hall, including installing air-conditioning units,” he said.
He added that the immediate effect of the termination notice was not fair and that prior notice should have been given.