SUBANG JAYA: Residents of the PPR flats in Lembah Subang here are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) Seri Setia by-election candidate Halimey Abu Bakar today.
The former Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) member is scheduled to visit with the almost 12,000 residents of the eight-block housing project as part of Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations.
But before he can settle down to a feast, Halimey will be met with a long list of complaints and grouses from the flat dwellers, said the host of the Aidiladha gathering, Mohamad Azli Jamaasim, 46.
A 10-year resident of the flat with his wife and two children and member of the Rukun Tetangga committee here, Azli said the PPR residents have been facing a host of problems.
The litany of woes includes a lack of building maintenance, uncollected rubbish, exposed electrical wiring and a blocked sewerage system.
"(We also face) pipe leakages, rotting manholes which are a hazard to residents (some have fallen down them) and frequent faulty lifts," he said, adding that each block consists of 17 floors.
Azli said that the MBPJ and a department under the Ministry of Housing and Local Government have an office at the PPR, but nothing was done while the constituency was under the rule of both Barisan Nasional and PRK in 10 years.
"We hope that since everything is under the PH government now, things will change, especially the deplorable conditions of the flats and basic infrastructure here," he added when met at his flat today.
Other concerns include crime in the area, mostly involving petty theft and drug trafficking.
"(Also), some residents here keep dogs in the flats, while others rear mini chicken farms which are creating hygiene issues and unpleasant smells,” Azli added.
A fellow resident, senior citizen Shamsiah Abu Bakar said that she hopes and prays things will change under the PH government which will hopefully allow their problems to be heard this time around. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd