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Electricity supply given to those who paid deposit
23/03/2009 NST

Flashback of our report on March 16.

KUALA LUMPUR: Refuting recent claims by owners, the developer of Plaza Medan Putra said electricity supply had been available at the apartments since early last year.

Responding to an article published in Streets on March 16, the developer Sri Melinger Sdn Bhd said in a statement that electricity supply had been connected with Tenaga Nasional Bhd meters to unit owners who had paid their meter deposit to the utility company.

Sri Melinger also made available a copy of the letter from TNB dated Oct 30, 2008, confirming that electricity had been supplied and that it had no objection to the issuance of a certificate of fitness (CF) for the project.

The apartment owners had held a protest on March 14 claiming that there was no water and electricity supply to their units although some of them had received their keys about a year ago.

About 20 owners, together with member of parliament for Segambut, Lim Lip Eng, had also gone to the developer's office to demand an explanation.

However, a minor scuffle broke out between the owners and one of the developer's workers.

In its statement, Sri Melinger said owners who failed to pay for their individual TNB meter deposits would not be able to get electricity supply.

"There is also no requirement from City Hall that purchasers should already have water available at their units before City Hall can issue the Certificate of Fitness for Occupation (CFO)," said the statement, signed by a company director.

Sri Melinger said it had already applied for water supply at an early stage.

"In fact, all the water piping had already been completed. At a meeting organised by residents on March 7, they were informed that it was estimated that water would be available in about two weeks.

Subsequent to the amicable meeting, a further meeting was scheduled for Wednesday to discuss any further issues the purchasers might have.

"However, on March 14, about 20 purchasers and seven to eight reporters came to the developer's office with the Segambut MP where they made various allegations."

The statement said the owners became aggressive and ignored the explanations of the staff.

"When one of the developer's staff approached the Segambut MP to seek clarifications, the developer's employee was assaulted by two of the purchasers," said the statement.

It also said that a management company, Burgess Rawson Management Sdn Bhd, had been appointed to provide property maintenance and management services to the buyers.

The statement said the renovation procedures set up by the management company allowed renovation work to be carried out only from 9am to 5pm, from Mondays to Saturdays.

However, owners are not prohibited from visiting or staying in their units after vacant possession and the CFO had been issued.

Meanwhile, TNB also issued a statement confirming that electricity had been supplied to the project.

However, it said, the electricity supply to 20 units could not be connected because the owners had yet to pay their electricity deposit.

The affected owners were advised to pay their electricity deposit to enable TNB to connect the supply.


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