Living nightmare for 10 Ipoh families


  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Nov 2003

BY KULDEEP S. JESSY

IPOH: Ten families in Kampung Tersusun Buntong Tiga Tambahan are having sleepless nights as huge cracks begin to appear on the walls of their houses. 

The houses, which were built on a former dumpsite, have also started to sink and tilt to the side.  

Resident S. Chantirasegaran, 36, said sinkholes had appeared in his father’s kitchen and in one of the bedrooms while huge cracks could be seen on the walls. 

“We try to cement the holes, measuring 3m deep and 0.5m wide, each time they appear.  

“This does not last long and they appear again in the same spot and we are very worried that snakes may enter the house through the holes,” he said. 

DANGEROUS: Sutharam playing with his grandsons two-year-old S.Kirthi and four-year-old S. Hariharan (right) inside his house where a huge crack on one of the walls has appeared, in Ipoh on Sunday.

Chantirasegaran, a mechanic, said the ceiling and roof in his father’s house had also started to tilt to one side and the house had sunk about 0.3m deep. 

He said a strong odour emitted from the ground on hot days. 

“The odour smells like gas and lights up easily,” he said, adding that the family had spent about RM100,000 on repairs in the past 10 years. 

Another resident E. Sutharam, 64, said cracks had also appeared on his house, which he bought for RM74,000 with savings from his Employees Provident Fund in 1996. 

“In 1999, small cracks started appearing and today there are cracks in the entire house, some 7.5cm wide,” he said. 

Unlike other houses that had sunk, Sutharam said his porch had risen about 0.3m high. 

He said he had moved his entire family out of fear for their safety while he stayed put to guard the house.  

State MIC Youth chief K. Rajakumaran said: ”The residents are still servicing their bank loans of about RM400 per month and cannot possibly rent houses elsewhere.” 

He said MIC would inform Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali of the residents' plight.  

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