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Flat dwellers’ grouses: Gobind hits back at MIC

 | September 7, 2012

The Puchong MP tells youth leader Mohan to get his facts right.

PETALING JAYA: Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo today rejected allegations that he had ignored the plight of Pangsapuri Aman residents and challenged MIC leaders to use their influence to improve living conditions at the low cost flats.

Reacting to a FMT article that quoted residents complaining about lift breakdowns and other evidence of disrepair at the flats, Gobind released a press statement explaining the work he had done since learning about the problems two months ago.

He advised MIC Youth leader T Mohan to check his facts before making “wild allegations”.

He disputed a statement by some residents that he did not respond to a memorandum that they sent him two months ago, saying he promptly visited the flats and spoke to them.

During that visit, he added, he found that the company managing the flats had failed to get a malfunctioning lift repaired despite complaints from the residents.

“As a result of this, and upon my advice, the residents formed a committee to raise funds for the repair works,” he said.

“The committee was further asked to obtain the necessary quotations for the repair work. Various quotes were obtained by the committee over the last few weeks. The final quote was handed to me on Monday… and I have forwarded it to the state for approval.”

He said the chairman of the committee was aware of these facts and that residents in the committee were helping to improve conditions at the flats.

“I hope to get the repair work to the lift started by the end of this week. This, I am advised, is possible.”

He also shot down the allegation that Selangor’s Pakatan Rakyat government did not care about the residents.

“I have myself attended various events there,” he said. “Even the Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, has also personally visited the flats.”

Water supply

Referring to a cut in the water supply, he said it was a result of a dispute between the developer of the flats and water supplier Syabas.

He said the dispute had been resolved and water reconnected with the help of local councillors and his office.

He also said he was glad to note that Mohan was showing interest in the residents’ welfare.

“But let me remind him that (Umno’s) Mohamed Satim Diman, the Seri Serdang state assemblyman, is no newcomer to that constituency.

“There are also MIC leaders who reside in Pangsapuri Aman who are and have been well aware of the problems with the lifts. And (Barisan Nasional’s) Puchong parliament coordinator also pledged to solve the problem some three weeks ago.

“Perhaps Mohan should reprimand his colleagues as well for failing to solve the problem until now.”

On Wednesday, Mohan challenged the state government to resolve the matter in a week.

He also suggested that the Subang Jaya Town Council should take over the management of the flats.

“If Mohan is really serious about fixing the lift, the funds are there,” Gobind said. “He just has to put pressure on his colleagues to do the needful and it can be done.

“On my part, these threats don’t deter me. I will push on with efforts to solve the problem. What is important is to get the job done as there are people involved.”


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