Taking matters into their own
03/08/2008 New Straits Times By
KLANG: Owners and residents of Prima Bayu Apartments in Bayu Perdana here
took charge and formed a joint management body to address problems on
maintenance following the developer's failure to respond to the set up.
Residents' Association chairman P. R. Rajah said the body had to be formed,
although under the law the management body should comprise the developer and
residents. He said a letter was sent to the developer urging it to set up
the management body, but there was no response.
"Following which residents lodged a complaint with the Commissioner of
Buildings, which is under the Klang Municipal Council.
"The council appointed an agent to help us form the joint management body
which was supposed to comprise the residents and the developer. But the
developer did not turn up.
"This is the first meeting where an agent has been appointed to help us form
the body," he said at the meeting recently.
In the absence of developer Palm Grove Sdn. Bhd, the meeting was conducted
by Peter Chong, the agent appointed by the council.
Rajah was elected as chairman of the joint management body, Albert Yeow as
deputy chairman, V. Gunaseelan as secretary and V. Kalaisilvan as treasurer.
Prima Bayu comprises 672 apartments with 3,000 residents. Not all are
owners, some companies have rented the flats to house their workers.
Rajah said the residents have had various problems especially on maintenance
Klang MP Charles Santiago, who was present at the meeting, advised
developers in Klang to work closely with residents to work out complaints
"Many complaints from residents of apartments have been about the lack of
maintenance and the developers' lackadaisical attitude."