The dirtiest flat in Penang

Property News/ 7 February 2021 Leave a comment


Community living requires a certain level of cooperation and a sense of responsibility among residents. Without it, a lot can go wrong.

That is exactly what is happening at two blocks of flats in Teluk Indah (pix), Prai in Penang.

For years, the ground floor served as a huge rubbish dump, earning it the unenviable tag as the “dirtiest flats” in the country.

A video of the trash went viral recently, prompting authorities to launch a quick clean-up effort.

Image Source: Bernama (file picture)

Image Source: Bernama (file picture)

The lifts, which have not been working for years, have also been repaired but other problems remain, such as unpaid utility bills that have exceeded RM2 million.

As always, the first reaction of most bystanders is to point the finger at foreigners, particularly migrant workers. However in this case, 70% of the residents are Malaysians.

National Housebuyers Association secretary-general Datuk Chang Kim Loong attributes the problem to two factors, the lack of civic consciousness among residents and the ineffectiveness of the joint management body (JMB).

“The onus is on the residents living in the building to play their role, to keep the place in a condition that is conducive for occupancy,” Chang told theSun. “In this case, ignorance is not an excuse.

“Members of the JMB are entrusted with the responsibility to upkeep the common area, and in this case, they have obviously failed,” he added.

Chang said the problem could have also been caused by a combination of bad planning, corruption and expediency.

Worse than the of lack of civic consciousness and failure of leadership are allegations of mismanagement of funds, and even involvement of hoodlums in the affairs of the Teluk Indah flats.

P. David Marshel, a member of the Seberang Prai City Council, said there is suspicion of corruption and that gangsters are behind the racket. However, these allegations could not be independently verified by theSun.

Marshel said many campaigns have been organised to get residents to take care of the surroundings, but to no avail.

“Their mentality just won’t change.”

However, R. Veerasamy , 67, who lives at the flats, said residents have no choice but to throw rubbish from their apartments to the ground floor because the lifts were not working.

“The majority of the people here do it anyway,” he added.

Prai assemblyman Dr P. Ramasamy said the biggest problem is the refusal of residents to pay maintenance fees, which is essential to underwrite the utility bills for common facilities and cost of maintenance.

He estimated that he has already paid more than RM1 million in electricity bills for the past 10 years, and residents still owe between RM300,000 and RM1 million in water bills.

“The electricity supply for the lifts and lights in the common area was cut years ago,” added Ramasamy, who is also Penang Deputy Chief Minister II.

Source: TheSunDaily.my

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  1. Sammy
    February 9th, 2021 at 07:58 | #1

    Haiyah, it is very well known that 9 out of 10 of those parasites never pay maintenance fees and yet the authority simply reluctant to take actions.

    In the meantime, The Straits Times Singapore reported: – Foreign investment in Malaysia plunges as investors flee: UN. https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/foreign-investment-in-malaysia-plunges-as-investors-flee-un
    If that is real, how could we keep supporting parasites while many other deserving citizens are struggling high and low ?

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