Sandakan housing gets attention
Published on: Monday, September 16, 2019
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Chong and his entourage checking on the condition of the Taman in question.
SANDAKAN: Taman Kam Jai Yen’s dilapidated state received the attention of Elopura Assemblyman Calvin Chong Ket Kiun and his delegation, recently.

With the Highway and Public Utilities Committee (HPUC), Chong’s entourage paid a site visit to look into the issues faced by the residents there. 

“Taman Kam Jai Yen is a comparatively old housing estate comprising many blocks of walk-up apartments. Obviously, due to years of wear and tear, many of the buildings are quite dilapidated,” Taren Sunil Manoharan, head of HPUC, said. 

Taren, who was with his fellow councillors Hanafia and Said Rasul, said some of the problems were due to negligence and non-compliance to housing rules by some of the residents. 

“We discovered that there were many illegal extensions all over the place. These structures impeded maintenance and cleanup work. For this reason the walkways were filthy,” Taren said.

Illegal structures were built over manholes and drains, making normal maintenance virtually impossible. Even some water metres were covered up by such structures. 

Many of the drains were blocked by trash. A few residents were seen doing their washing on the balconies of their apartments and just letting the dirty water flow down from there.

“Needless to add, the back alleys were in a horrible mess,” he said.

Despite being faced with such challenging conditions, the Chong, HPUC, JKR and DID will hold discussions on how to rectify the situation.

“We will have to study the appalling state of affairs and try to find a practical solution. 

“We can’t have the local authorities endlessly cleaning up the mess created by some irresponsible people,” Taren said.

However, he said it was always just a few who create a nuisance for the majority who are rule-abiding residents.  

Also present were representatives from the Public Works Department and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID). 


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