News: Residents Should Hold the Responsibility in Maintaining Their Homes, Says MB Perak as State’s Filthiest Flat is Finally Getting a Clean Up

Jan 11, 2018

 
Perak’s state government has teamed up with Ipoh City Council to carry out a thorough cleaning of the privately-owned First Garden Flats in the state capital on Saturday (6 January).

Aside from Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry bin Abdul Kadir, non-governmental organisations were also present to address the disgusting and filthy conditions in the 30-year-old housing project.

The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) also lent a helping hand due to reports that there are drug addicts living within the 280-unit property, of which only 127 are currently occupied, mostly by tenants.

According to the state government’s Community Welfare and Housing Committee Chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim, they talked with the residents to determine the main causes of the unsanitary living condition in First Garden Flats.

“After interviewing several residents about cleanliness problems, we have also received reports about several damaged parts of the building that makes the place uninhabitable for them.”

Among the suggestions to tackle the issues in the estate is to establish a Kawasan Rukun Tetangga (KRT) there.

“With a KRT established, not only will we have an effective committee to resolve cleanliness issues, but also to ensure the safety of residents here as the Rukun Tetangga can conduct patrols,” she said.

Rusnah revealed that the authorities plan to hold a meeting with all residents soon so they can share some advice on how to keep the area clean.

“This will come after I raise the proposal to establish the KRT in the State Executive Council meeting this week. Once approval is obtained, we will look into electing the right person to lead the committee because strong leadership is important.”

“The appointed chairman must be strict and be able to command the respect of the residents here, otherwise it wouldn’t be effective,” she noted.

Besides forming a KRT, the Ipoh City Council will also make sure that there is joint management body (JMB) overseeing the building’s upkeep, said Mayor Datuk Zamri Man.

“It is compulsory for every flat building like this to form a JMB so that issues to do with the amenities like the cleanliness of common areas, lighting, safety and comfort can be swiftly dealt with.”
“We will also delegate several elected representatives from the city council to be part of the JMB in the hopes that after this, the building will be better maintained,” he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry was unhappy over the sight of large garbage piles scattered around the flats.

“It is saddening to see. We cannot simply point our fingers at one party and pin the blame on them, as I believe there are a multitude of causes for this problem, such as social conditions, neighbourhood conditions, and the lack of responsibility shown by those who live here.”

He revealed that the state government will look into the causes of these problems and think of ways of addressing the longstanding issues in First Garden Flats.

“This won’t be solved in a day. We have to look at all aspects because it’s not only due to poverty.

“There are certain poor areas in the state that are well-maintained and kept clean by residents. Looking at the area and nature of the problem, I’m sure many deep-seated issues can be addressed,” he explained.

But ultimately, it’s still the residents who are mostly responsible in maintaining the cleanliness of their surroundings.

“The government can impose various rules and regulations, but the residents also have to show initiative as they are the ones living here. They must be responsible about looking after their neighbourhood. They cannot simply expect the city council or state government to always come in and clean up for them,” added Dr Zambry.

 

Image sourced from The Star.

 

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