electricity woes at Taman Asa Jaya flats
23/04/2009 The Star Story and photo by GEETHA KRISHNAN
POWER was restored to the common areas of Blocks A, D and E of the Taman
Asa Jaya Flats in Kajang after developer Housing Management Sdn Bhd agreed
to settle its electricity dues.
In a recent meeting, the developer struck a deal with Tenaga Nasional
Berhad to pay 50% of the RM115, 000 owed till March 31 and the rest in
instalments. To absolve itself of future liability, the developer
requested that TNB close the account after a new Joint Management Body (JMB)
Kajang municipal councillor S. T. Chandra Mohan, who chaired the meeting,
said the JMB could only be formed after a minimum of 14 days’ notice was
given as required by the Building and Common Property (Maintenance and
Management) Act 2007.
Taman Asa Jaya Flats Neighbourhood Watch chairman R. Nambirajan called for
the JMB formed last year to be dissolved because a few committee members
did not meet the criteria. “They were not flat buyers and owed maintenance
fees. Since the formation, the treasurer and secretary have disappeared,”
said Nambirajan who was elected chairman.
Another problem: Nambirajan watching residents wash their clothes with
water from a large tank after supply was cut to their units because the
developer owed Syabas RM60,000.
“A new JMB should be set up. Meanwhile, the developer should attempt to
collect the monies owed by going house-to-house. It is easier to do the
collection at night when most of the residents are at home,” he said.
It was learnt that up till March 31 this year, the developer was owed
RM737,105 in maintenance fees, a sum amassed over 20 years. The developer
also owed Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) RM60,000 and as a result,
water supply was also cut.
“Once the individual water meters were installed it would be the
residents’ responsibility to ensure the water bill was paid,” Nambirajan