Rodents scurrying around
garbage area a common sight at Kasturi Tiara
16/03/2009 The Star Story and
photos by GEETHA KRISHNAN
IMAGINE walking out of your apartment block and having a large rat crawl up
your leg in search of food.
This happened to Kasturi Tiara Apartments Phase 2 resident T. Muniamah, 51,
who wanted to run some errands last year. Many other residents living in the
three apartment blocks in Taman Kasturi, Balakong, Selangor, have
experienced similar nasty encounters and are now living in fear of the
Kasturi Tiara Apartments Phase 2 Residents Welfare Association chairman Tan
Chin Tuan said the rat menace was on the rise since they moved into the
apratments three years ago and the rodent population was increasing rapidly.
Unsightly: Yap (second from right) and Kasturi Tiara Phase 2 Apartment
residents looking at the garbage that has spilled out from the communal bin.
He blamed it on the garbage dumping area near the main entrance where the
communal bins were always full and leachate flowed on to the road. There are
over 400 apartment units.
During a media visit where Balakong assemblyman Yap Lum Chin was present,
Tan pointed out the many burrows made by the rats in the ground to forage
for food. Not only was the stink unbearable but large rats were also seen
“Some of the rats are very big and we estimate the size of the colony to run
into the hundreds. The rats are no longer afraid of us and have started to
run into the ground floor units,” he added.
According to M. Susila, 32, mosquitoes were also a threat and many residents
including her had just recovered from dengue fever,” she said.
Susila proposed that the developer open the other entrance within the chain
link fencing so that pedestrians did not have to pass by the dumping area
and be at the mercy of the rats.
Rodent menace: A rat foraging for food in the spilled garbage around the
communal bin. Its burrow is in the foreground.
Lee Kwan Cheng, 51, said residents were very unhappy with the developer,
Cheras Hong Soon Development Sdn Bhd because the Joint Management Body (JMB)
was formed without their knowledge.
“When we attended one meeting and brought up our grievances, we were
literally told to back off. The scene turned ugly when some people whom we
suspect were hired thugs began rough handling residents,” said Lee, who
claimed to have been slapped and shoved.
Tan said the previous maintenance fee of RM66 was increased to RM76 without
a consensus from residents but the quality of services remained poor.
Cheras Hong Soon Development management manager Yew Kam Choon said only 50%
of the residents had paid their maintenance fees.
“We need to fork out money for the security guards, cleaners and general
maintenance. There is an outstanding amount of RM300,000.
“We have successfully formed 22 JMBs for our various projects in the
Balakong area and this is the only JMB with a problem,” he added.
To diffuse the tension, Yap said he would arrange a meeting between
residents and the developer within a month for them to air their grouses and