Residents upset over JMC spending
By STUART MICHAEL
RESIDENTS of Rosewood Court apartment in Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang, are upset with their Joint Management Committee (JMC) for spending more than RM30,000 over the last seven and a half months.
The Rosewood Court JMC account had a balance of more than RM29,000 when the current committee took office on March 15 this year.
Now, there is only RM4,872 left, according to the bank statement for October 2009.
Former Rosewood Court JMC chairman Suhaimi Abdul Majid, 46, said the present committee had bought a computer, tables, printers and unnecessary equipment for the office.
Only a third of the units occupied: The Rosewood Court apartments in Bandar Tasik Puteri, Rawang.
“It is unnecessary spending and a waste of funds. I would have spent the money on maintenance or saved it for other items, like cleaning drains, cutting grass, and repairing lights and cracks.
“We are unhappy that the JMC appointed a company, NHO Management, to maintain the property and although the JMC pays RM4,700 every month, there has been no maintenance work except for lighting in the compound and the cutting of grass.Moreover, it is using the JMC office without paying rental.
“We have so many professionals among us — Tenaga Nasional Berhad technicians, grass-cutters, engineers, technicians — who are willing to help us cut costs,’’ he said.
Resident Liliruhida Abdullah said they wanted to meet the JMC to discuss issues at least once a month or once in two months, but the committee refused.
“It seems like the JMC, the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) and the MPS councillor in charge of the area do not want to listen to our problems, like cracks appearing on the walls, no proper lighting at the staircase, grass in our compound not being cut, dogs roaming freely and even chasing our school-going children, and absence of lifts.
“We want a JMC that will fight for our rights and not just ignore the issues we raise,” she said.
Another resident Nor Azean Abdul Hamid, 32, said she had faced a lot of problems since shifting from Kampung Kayu Ara in Damansara last year.
“Water seeps from the bathroom above my unit into my master bedroom and another room, and there is nothing I can do about it. Cracks have started to appear in my unit as well as other units, and we fear the apartment might collapse one day,” she said.
Khairul Anuar Salleh, 33, who has lived there for two years, said the JMC had not informed residents about the backdated TNB electricty bills nor tabled proper accounts on the matter.
“We want to know how the money was spent, and the exact figures,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rosewood Court JMC chairman Mohd Rosli Arshad said only 20-30% of tenants paid the maintenance fees.
“The maintenance fee is only RM45 monthly, and only about one-third of the 300 units are occupied.
“Our average collection is between RM1,000 and RM4,000 monthly and we have to pay NHO Management RM4,700 each month. We are supposed to pay RM5,000 monthly but RM300 is deducted as rental.
“We must bear in mind that NHO Management has to pay workers to cut the grass and clean the drains, as well as the clerk in the office who collects the maintenance fees.
“Because the money received from the maintenance fees is very little, we could only have the grass cut, the drains swept and the lights at the staircases fixed.
“At present, we are facing a shortage of funds because many of the residents refuse to pay the maintenance fees, so we hope they will pay up.
“We have written a letter to the developer five months ago, requesting that it bank RM50,000 into our account to repair the cracks on the wall and other problems. We are doing the best we can,” he said.
He added that the committee was considering the residents’ suggestion to have a meeting once a month or once in two months.