turn into a nightmare
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
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
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
“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
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.