Monday, May 24, 2010
Water supply woes at Taman Megah low-cost flats
Source: http://thestar.com.my/metro (By Priya Menon & Komala Devi, 25/5/2010)
RESIDENTS of low-cost flats in Taman Megah, Kepong, are faced with a host of problems since they moved in four years ago. Among the pressing issues are the lack of water supply at their units as their piping system does not comply with the criteria set by Syabas. The privatised flats have built-in plastic pipes as opposed to metal piping in accordance with Syabas requirements. Now the residents receive their water supply from a bulk meter but that has led to bigger problems. “We do not have enough money to change the pipes since most of the residents are not paying the management fee,” said Joint Management Body president Hawash Khan. Khan said they had approached the developer UOB Holdings to change the piping system but they had not received any response. The JMB has been facing this problem for two years now after they took over. According to Khan, they also do not have enough funds to fix a number of problems in their flats including burst sewerage pipes.
Residents said they did not pay the management money as they had not been issued valid receipts and bills. Tenant Savantharaja Naidu, 33, claimed that the water bill had increased since the JMB took over. “Usually the water bill will be detailed but now it shows a round figure. I do not want to let them off just like that,” he said. In response, Khan said the residents can check for themselves and calculate the amount based on the meter and the charges in their registry. “We go from house to house to check the meter and calculate based on the number of units they consume. “We can’t afford to give out proper receipts,” he added.
Another resident, O. Poobalan, 29, said he was threatened with a knife by an unknown man for interfering with the management matters. “He came to my house at 11pm on May 22 and asked me not to get involved in the management issue but I have a right to question them,” he added. Poobalan lodged a police report after the incident but Khan said they did not send anyone to threaten him.
Apart from that, residents are also growing fearful over a Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) substation located within the premises of the flats. The roof of the substation is filled with water due to a clogged gutter on the substation. The gutter is clogged with leaves and rubbish, leaving no outlet for rain water to drain out. The residents claim that some were affected with dengue fever due to the problem. “A report was made to the TNB and DBKL and they came over to look at the situation but still no action has been taken,” said Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng who visited the flats yesterday. Lim has decided to organise a meeting between the Commis-sioner of Buildings, residents and the JMB to resolve the issue. He also requested that a re-election of committee members be held to ensure everyone is happy with the people they elect. When Lim contacted the developer, the representative declined to comment on the issue
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Battle of flags at Iban longhouse.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I ain't no scientist, do not know much about the pros & cons for having a nucleur power plant. But if our government insisits that it is good for the people in the long run, I would suggest that to build it at Putrajaya since it's harmless.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Dumping ground: The water from Sungai Keroh flowing into the polluted pond.
Source: http://thestar.com.my/metro (By PRIYA MENON, 1/5/2010)
Rrsidents near the Segambut Keretaapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) station are still dumping their domestic waste into three ponds in the area even after the matter was highlighted to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). The ponds have been dumping grounds for nearby residents and industrial companies for more than 10 years now.
On March 12, StarMetro ran a story on the ponds after the issue was highlighted by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng. When contacted, Lim said the garbage problem still persisted and City Hall had only trimmed the bushes surrounding the area. “They have only cleared up the bushes but they have not tackled the issue at all. “The dumpsite is still there, what are they (DBKL) planning to do?” asked Lim. He also suggested that the ponds be turned into a recreational park for the people in the area. However, he has yet to receive a reply from DBKL on the matter. “I previously suggested that the area be turned into a park so that it will help control the illegal dumping. It will also serve as a wonderful place for families to patronise,” he added. The ponds were never discovered until recently after a link road between Jalan Kepong and Jalan Segambut was opened. Lim said industrial waste, domestic waste and animal carcasses were among the things that had been dumped into the ponds. Sungai Keroh is the source of the ponds’ water.
When contacted DBKL corporate communication manager Anwar Mohd Zain said the City Hall were looking into the matter.