Highrise folk take a hike
10/01/2008 The Star
SOME 1,000 dwellers from the 21-storey Block B1 and Block E2 of the Taman
Teluk Indah flats in Prai Jaya, Butterworth, had to use the staircase when
electricity to common facilities was cut for more than 28 hours.
Power was cut off at 10am on Tuesday because of an outstanding RM23,000
Tenaga Nasional Bhd only reconnected supply at 2.30pm yesterday on the
intervention of Batu Kawan MP Huan Cheng Guan who contacted its general
manager Ismail Abdul Rahman and pleaded with him to restore supply on
Huan, who also brought the matter up to the attention of Chief Minister Tan
Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, said the company managing the maintenance of the flats
paid RM3,000 to TNB office at Bandar Perda near here on Tuesday but RM23,000
was still unpaid.
Although power supply to the flat units was not affected as the dwellers had
paid their individual bills, their water supply was disrupted because the
pumps were not working due to the power cut.
Some students skipped school yesterday because they could not bathe or clean
The residents had to carry pails of water from elsewhere up to their units.
Huan said TNB should be flexible as most of the unit dwellers were poor
while the new school year had just started.
Several residents said they were upset over the whole episode after having
promptly settled their RM50 monthly maintenance fee.
They said it was unfair for TNB to penalise good paymasters by disconnecting
the common power supply.
Huan thanked Ismail for his immediate response.