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Lifting the spirits of residents
06/01/2009 NST By Sheila Sri Priya

Deputy minister in the prime minister's department, T. Murugiah (right) visiting Taman Sentul Utama flats. Residents have complained about faulty lifts for several months.

KUALA LUMPUR: The troublesome lifts in Taman Sentul Utama flats will finally be repaired with help from the government, said Batu MP Chua Tian Chang.

However, the residents were told to cooperate with their building managers and pay the maintenance fees.

Tian Chua said the government would help the flats' management committee to repair the lifts.

He hopes the lifts will start functioning within the next few weeks.

Residents of 1,240 flats in the five 12-storey blocks have had difficulties with their daily chores because of faulty lifts in the past several months.

Once, a dead resident had to be carried in his casket from a higher floor to the ground floor by the stairs, a resident said.

A source said the maintenance fee is RM36 per unit a month and residents owe the management RM1.2 million in total. One flat owner is said to owe the management RM13,934.74.

Because of the lack of maintenance fund, the management cannot afford to repair the lifts.

Tian Chua said the residents had formed a special committee to curb vandalism and to address cleanliness issues.

"We will also conduct civic education talks for the residents," said Tian Chua.

Many residents have been living there for the past 10 years and most are from low income families.

T. Murugiah, deputy minister in the prime minister's department recently joined the residents for a gotong-royong.

On Nov 17, 31 flat residents filed a claim with the Tribunal for Consumers, naming the developer, Sentul Murni Management Sdn Bhd, as the defendant.

The residents of Taman Sentul Utama alleged that the developer had failed to provide satisfactory maintenance services.

However, the tribunal rejected the claim for compensation of RM20,000.

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