Despite a Final Warning from Jabatan Bangunan of DBKL, Platinum Victory got off with another mere “slap of the wrist” (in other words, another Final Warning) for construction work after 6 p.m. and on Sundays, too!
Here’s a brief report of a meeting held on 22 August 2008 to discuss the Noise Pollution at Platinum Hill Condominium
Many complaints were made by the residents in Platinum Hill Condo, Taman Melati Utama in Wangsa Maju, and I regarding Platinum Victory Sdn Bhd defiantly and continuously carrying out construction work way passed 6 p.m., when the only permitted time by DBKL is up to 6 p.m. And as a result of the complaint I received from one Mr Chong, a representative of the residents of the affected area, I wrote at least 3 letters to Jabatan Bangunan and there was no reply. I also made many calls to Unit Komunikasi Korporat of DBKL to highlight the noise pollution due to the “Developer Friendly Attitude” of Jabatan Bangunan.
It was an unprecedented move that on 22 August 2008 the Unit Komunikasi Korporat had to fix a meeting between the complainant, architect of Platinum Victory Sdn Bhd, contractor, En Alias Bin Marjoh, the Building Surveyor of Jabatan Bangunan, officer of Jabatan Kesihatan, officer from Unitk Komunikasi Korporat. The said meeting was chaired by En Anwar bin Mohd Zain, Head of Public Affairs & International unit.
At the meeting, Jabatan Bangunan produced a warning letter dated 15 August 2008 to Platinum Victory Sdn Bhd’s architect, CL Architect. The important points extracted are as follows:
“Pegawai daripada jabatan ini telah menjalankan pemantauan di tapak projek pembangunan seperti di atas pada 05 Ogos 2008 pada jam 10:15 malam dan didapati bahawa kerja-kerja pembinaan masih dilakukan melebehi waktu kerja yang dibenarkan.
Ini merupakan pelanggaran syarat yang dikenakan di dalam Kebenaran Mendirikan Bangunan, BPU22060070 bertarikh 13 Mac 2007 yang menetapkan waktu untuk menjalankan kerja-kerja pembinaan adalah dari jam 8:00 pagi hingga jam 6:00 petang pada hari Isnin hingga Sabtu dan tiada kerja-kerja pembinaan debenarkan pada hari Ahad dan hari Cuti Am.
Kebenaran Mendirikan Bangunan tersebut boleh ditarik balik dan tindakan memberhentikan serta merta semua kerja-kerja pembinaan di tapak projek berkenaan akan dilakukan. Tidakan mahkamah seterusnya akan diambil kerana mendirikan bangunan tanpa kebenaran bertulis daripada Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur.”
The complainant presented evidence of Platinum Victory Sdn Bhd working way passed 6 p.m. daily and working on Sundays, too. Despite the above warning of 15 August 2008, Platinum Victory Sdn Bhd still carried out construction works on 16 August 2008 until 9:30 p.m., 17 August 2008 (Sunday) until 6 p.m. and 18 August 2008 until 9:50 p.m.
Fortunately for Platinum Victory Sdn Bhd, DBKL being a “Developer Friendly” organization did not enforce its warning letter of 15 August 2008 even when it was presented with the glaring evidence.
Platinum Victory Sdn Bhd’s reply was strictly based on commercial consideration (i.e. need to work after permitted hours and on Sunday in order to complete within the time period otherwise it will be sued by the purchasers for late delivery) with total disregard of the welfare of the residents and public interest.
DBKL being a “Developer Friendly” organization must change its attitude and focus itself as “KL Residents Friendly.” After all it is the people who need DBKL more than the developer. Further, the KL Residents pay more Assessment Rate then the developers and DBKL must protect the public interests at all time.
The meeting ended with another warning to Platinum Victory Sdn Bhd to work only from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and the developer cannot work during Sundays and Public Holidays.
In view of the attitude of Platinum Victory Sdn Bhd, I call upon all potential purchasers to avoid buying properties from irresponsible developers, who ignore the welfare of the people strictly for its commercial interests.
THE PEOPLE MUST, AT ALL COST, AVOID TRANSACTING BUSINESS WITH “ENVIRONMENTAL UN-FRIENDLY” HOUSING DEVELOPERS!