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Dream homes turn into a nightmare

21/04/2009 The Star By THO XIN YI

WHEN the residents of Taman Puteri Subang in Shah Alam first moved into the housing estate, they thought they would be able to enjoy a pleasant and comfortable lifestyle.

But a few years later, their dream homes have turned into a nightmare with serious problems affecting their housing estate. There are malfunctioning street lights, collapsed road and a poorly-maintained pond, among other problems.

According to the residents, they were made to believe that the pond was a scenic recreational site and most of them bought their units facing the pond, expecting a pleasant view.

Dangerous: The collapsed road leading to the sewerage treatment plant in Taman Puteri Subang.

However, after five years of living in the housing area, the pond is now in a sorry state.

According to residents association chairman Mohd Khairy Buyong, weeds grow wildly at the bay, turning it into a breeding ground for snakes and monitor lizards. Some residents have even seen cobras in the area.

“When it rains, the pond overflows and a small pool of water remains at the bay when the water subsides. It contributes to dengue cases in our area,” Khairy said.

Part of a road in the residential area leading to a sewerage treatment plant has also collapsed.

Residents association committee member Ong Kong Soon pointed out that most of the streetlights at Persiaran Galaksi and Persiaran Angkasa were not working.

Unhappy lot: Khairy (middle) and other residents are fed up with the situation at the lake.

“The risk of being mugged increases when the area gets dark,” he said.

The residents also complained about the debris left behind the guardhouse. The developer has also not fulfilled its promise of building a surau.

“I have written a few letters to the developer but did not get any response from them,” Khairy said.

When contacted, an aide of Kota Damansara assemblyman Dr Nasir Hashim said he could help arrange for a meeting between the developer and residents to discuss the issues affecting them.

Meanwhile, the developer said the pond had been handed over to the local government.

“Now that we are aware of the condition of the road, we will rectify the problem,” a company employee said.

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) public relations officer Shahrin Ahmad promised to look into the streetlights problem.

“We know that it poses a danger to road users. We will check if it is caused by a mechanical fault and act fast to rectify the problem,” Shahrin said.

Regarding the pond, Sharin said it was a retention pond.

“Since it is under our jurisdiction we will cut the grass at the site and carry our maintenance work there,” he said.


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