Long wait for assistance from housing authorities


PEOPLE who live in condominiums, apartments or flats should really learn to live in harmony with one another because they share the same facilities in their buildings. They should cooperate to take good care of their residential assets.

I am currently living in misery in my unit, which is being damaged by water seepage from the floor above me. The water began seeping into my master bedroom and second bathroom two years ago when the first Covid-19 movement control order (MCO) was implemented.

I initially lodged a complaint with the building management and asked for help to get my neighbour to repair the leak. But the neighbour refused, saying the country was in lockdown and no one was allowed to enter his unit.

As a result, the water continued to seep through the wall, damaging the parquet floor and wall in my bedroom. The stagnant water also created a foul and unbearable odour.

When the lockdown was lifted in October 2021, the building manager again approached the owner to get him to repair the leak. But the owner refused. I consider his attitude the antithesis to good neighbourliness.

As a result, the manager was forced to ask the Commissioner of Buildings (COB) for assistance. The form requesting for this assistance was dated Dec 20 but to date I have yet to hear from the COB or any other relevant authorities.

While waiting for the COB’s reply, the building manager engaged a subcontractor to seal the damaged wall to stop the water from further leaking into my bedroom.

However, the leak in the second bathroom has yet to be rectified. It seems a unit owner is not obligated to get defects repaired unless action against him/her is taken by the relevant authorities.

My complaint, as stated in the submitted form, is the danger posed by the electrical wiring for a light switch on the wall of my bathroom. The switch is wet and anyone who touches it or the surrounding areas will probably be electrocuted.

I would like to urge the COB or our local housing authority to help resolve this matter as soon as possible.

KOH BAK SEE , Tanjung Bungah, Penang

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