Second chance for Kinrara Town Centre
Writer: Lee Choon Fai
Published: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
PUCHONG: The Kinrara Town Centre (KTC) has been given a new lease of life as the Petaling District Land Office has agreed to postpone their seizure and give more time for their management to pay quit rent.
The Land Office threatened to seize KTC, formerly known as the Kinrara Commercial Centre, in 2012 due to the large amount of arrears.
KTC Joint Management Body (JMB) chairperson Peter Ng said they owed over RM404,717 in quit rent and about 70% of owners and tenants of the centre’s 347 units have already paid up.
Kok (left), Choo (fourth from left) and Ng (right) at the handover of rubbish bins on April 8.
“Only 70% of the owners paid the quit rent amounting to RM297,000, we urge the remaining owners to pay before the beginning of May so we can consolidate all payments before the deadline,” said Ng.
The Land Office is also offering 90% discount in late payment fees of RM150,000 on condition that all arrears are paid up by May 31.
KTC is also trying to resolve a myriad of problems accumulated since the centre’s opening in 2005 caused by uncooperative tenants along with a previous, non-functional JMB.
Among the issues include poor security, solid waste collection and a RM17,000 outstanding water bill from 2011. The current JMB took the reins on Sept 6, 2012, shortly after the seizure notice was issued, and set out to address the issues one by one.
Security guards have been employed to patrol the entire centre while the JMB has discussed the issue of waste collection with the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).
Kinrara assemblyperson Teresa Kok commended the new JMB for a job well done and said both cleanliness and security have improved greatly. As an example, she said the trash dump in front of the DAP Kinrara Service Centre, frequently a source of embarrassment and criticism, is now taken care of.
“Sometimes outsiders will even come in (to KTC) and throw their rubbish here and it has been publicised by the media,” said Kok during the launch of the JMB office.
Kok contributed 63 rubbish bins at a cost of RM12,600 and also donated two water pumps that cost RM6,680.
KTC JMB adviser Alice Choo urged tenants and owners to cooperate with the management. She was brought in to assist the JMB due to her experience in handling such issues as Zone 16 Residents’ Committee (JKP) secretary.