Floored by defects
The Malay Mail 16/1/2006
Place a ball or tin can horizontally at the entrance of any house at the
Bandar Puteri housing estate in Klang and chances are, it will roll to the
This is because of the uneven flooring and the problem is faced by almost
500 house owners since buying them about three years ago.
Yesterday, about 100 residents staged a protest against the developer,
Malayapine Estates Sdn Bhd, for not heeding complaints by the residents.
They also displayed a banner bearing the words, "Kesengetan rumah-rumah di
Bandar Puteri Klang" (Tilted houses in Bandar Puteri Klang).
Clerk Yee Yoke Yann, 31, has a never-ending story to tell. "My husband
complained to the developer and our floor tiles was repaired. However,
things remain the same," she told The Malay Mail during a visit to her
"We have not put any furniture in the house. This would be a misfit owing to
the uneven floor," said Yee, adding that her husband had also complained to
the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Her husband, technician Lee Teck Guan, 37, even demonstrated how tilted
their floor was by placing a tin can horizontally.
To our amazement, it rolled from the entrance of their living room to the
Apart from the uneven floor, the couple also faces a slanted wall connecting
the main hall of the house to the kitchen.
"I am not sure of the degree of the slant, but obviously my family is
worried over it," said Lee.
Another resident, businessman R. S. Rajoo, 50, claimed that there were
cracks in the walls and floor of his corner-lot house.
"The developer repaired them when we first moved in two years ago. Six
months later, it cracked again," he said.
"I bought the house for RM222,000 with my hard-earned money. If this
continues to happen, I feel we have all been cheated," he said.
The residents have forwarded their complaints to Sungai Pinang Assemblyman
Teng Chang Kim.
Teng said he would write to the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) and meet with
the developerís engineers.
"We will ask them to come out with a full report at their own expense, and
see whether these houses are safe to live in.
"We will also seek compensation and legal action, if necessary," he said.
The developer was unavailable for comment yesterday.