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Complaints aplenty from Menara City One residents
28/06/2008 NST By Nuradzimmah Daim

Senior bank manager Pang Teng Lee and other owners are still waiting for their strata titles

KUALA LUMPUR: Many would give an arm and a leg to live in the heart of the city, but the residents of Menara City One Condominium feel they don't have much to boast about.

They have numerous complaints about the management of the building in Jalan Munshi Abdullah, near Jalan Masjid India, which also houses 49 shoplots on the ground floor.

Lack of maintenance, poor lighting in the carpark, cracks in the building, noise, air pollution and open burning near the entrance to the car park are just part of the long list.

Another problem, says senior bank manager Pang Teng Lee, is that he and other owners are still waiting for their strata titles.

He said the 10-year-old building was initially maintained by developer City One Sdn Bhd, but was handed over to City Hall in 2003.

"City Hall has done nothing about our titles.

"And we have been paying our monthly maintenance fees but we have no access to the accounts.

"We hope the joint management committee formed in April will help and be more transparent about what is happening."

He said nothing was accomplished at the first meeting between City Hall and the committee because the audited accounts were not given to the residents.

Irene Tan said she was concerned about the safety of the residents as any vehicle can access the car park.

"And because of the condition of the building and the fact that we don't have strata titles, the market price of our units has actually dropped from the original RM200 per square foot."

The exasperated residents have asked Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun to help.

He visited the building and arranged a meeting with the joint management committee.

Committee chairman M. Ramanathan said the maintenance and running of the 502-unit building was being done properly.

"We are doing our best. But the residents are close to RM6 million in arrears on their maintenance.

"If the residents don't pay, how can we maintain the building?

"We check all contracts with service providers and welcome suggestions and feedback on service providers from residents. We have nothing to hide as we are also residents here.

"We have applied for the strata titles, but there is a caveat that needs to be removed before we can proceed," he said.


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