form committee to address maintenance and security issues
Star By JADE CHAN
RESIDENTS of the Alora and Mediterranean Apartments in Taman Sri Muda,
Shah Alam, are forming their own residents association (RA) and joint
management body (JMB) to unite the community, as well as to solve their
“Our RA and JMB committee members will comprise the same people, and both
organisations will be registered by the end of this month,” said RA and
JMB chairman M. Gnana Segaran.
“We are actually taking over an existing RA that was formed earlier but
had been inactive for five years. We’ve approached the previous committee,
who were agreeable to having a new committee registered,” said RA and JMB
secretary Robert Phang.
According to Segaran and Phang, the issues that they want to highlight
include those on security, maintenance (rubbish collection and lifts),
cleanliness, the large population of foreigners, and the right to use the
clubhouse and public facilities that are meant for the residents.
“The lifts have not been functioning for quite some time, while rubbish is
dumped at several corners like at parking lots or under trees, usually by
the foreigners,” said Gnana Segaran.
“What’s strange is that the rumah sampah (room meant for rubbish to be
dumped) is left locked, hence residents have no choice but to leave the
rubbish outside these rooms.
“We have tried to raise the matter with the local authorities, but nobody
is taking responsibility for the rubbish collection.
“We’ve approached the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), Alam Flora and the
developer, but nobody is claiming responsibility.”
Both Segaran and Phang are upset with the local authorities, as well as
the red tape and time it takes for issues to be resolved.
On security, Segaran said there was no proper fencing around their
apartments or proper street lighting, and the security posts were usually
“The large population of foreigners here who also use the public
facilities like volleyball courts meant for residents pose a threat to our
community’s safety and security,” he said.
On the foreign workers issue, Phang said they blamed the developer for
renting out the unsold apartment units to the foreigners.
Segaran estimated that there were 60,000 residents in Taman Sri Muda, and
10,000 to 15,000 foreigners staying in the same area while working in the
nearby factories and shops, or as construction workers.
“Once our JMB is formed, we want to sit with the developer and its
appointed management company to sort out the residents’ problems and
maintenance fees collection,” Phang said.
“Some residents have stopped paying the maintenance fees because they feel
it doesn’t benefit them as nothing is being done to address their
Upon registration, the Alora and Mediterranean Apartment RA will hold its
first gotong-royong to clean up their housing area, with assistance from
the MBSA and Alam Flora.
Segaran credited Shah Alam mayor Mazalan Md Noor for his encouragement and
support in getting the residents to form their own RA and JMB.
Residents who would like to contact the RA and JMB can contact 014-238
email@example.com (Segaran) and 017-429 7073/ firstname.lastname@example.org