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Thursday, 7 December 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Shop apartments’ poor upkeep raises anger

SOME owners of a four-storey shop apartments in the Puchong Utama industrial area are crying foul over the lack of maintenance of buildings in the area.

The eight blocks of buildings with about 500 residential apartment units and shops on the ground floor are deteriorating with multiple defects.

During a check, StarMetro learnt that most of the owners had moved out of the area and rented out the premises, mostly to foreigners from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, India and Nepal.

The whole area has become a colony for foreign labourers of sorts.

Kinrara and Puchong MCA Service Centre assistant chairman Lawrence Chiew said property buyers around the industrial park complained about the poor upkeep of the units and the surrounding areas.

He said the developer of the project which was built about 15 years ago, did not maintain the properties or provide services to the buyers.

“The developer also failed to set up a Joint Management Body (JMB) as required by law.

An abandoned apartment unit that has been left in a mess.
An abandoned apartment unit that has been left in a mess.

“The area has been neglected ever since it was built, and it has not gone down well with the buyers,” he said.

Puchong (Zone 9) Residents Representative Committee chairman Jimmy Chew said the presence of too many foreigners in the area also contributed towards the problem.

Most of the owners had left the area but rented out their properties to foreigners.

“The foreigners have contributed towards poor cleanliness standards of the area, and the buyers are also partly to blame for renting their units to them,” he said.

Datuk R.J. Kannan, who bought an apartment on the second floor for RM65,000, said the flats were filled with red stains left by the foreigners who spat out chewed betel nuts on the floor including the corridors.

“They have the bad habit of spitting betel nut anywhere convenient to them, and this has caused a mess,” he said.

Besides that, Kannan said, the foreigners also threw rubbish everywhere, making the place filthy.

“The area has become more of a foreigner’s colony,” he said.

Kannan added that the numerous abandoned units was another concern among the residents.

“The abandoned houses have been left to rot without windows and doors and they could also become a security threat to the neighbours,” he said.

Another buyer, Datuk Inder Singh, said the condition of the flats had worsened over time and the roofs were leaking.

His numerous complaints to the developer had also gone unanswered.

“We are in the process of forming a residents association to improve the situation.

“We are also looking at security issues and conversion of strata to individual titles, among others,” he added.

When contacted, the developer declined to comment.