DIS­ABLED MAN AL­LEGES BUL­LY­ING

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A DIS­ABLED man who lives at the Cen­trio Av­enue apart­ment in Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang, claims that he is being “bul­lied” by the build­ing man­ager.

G. Selu­akku­mar, 25, claimed that she had re­fused to al­low him to park his car at a bay des­ig­nated for dis­abled driv­ers.

He said he had an of­fi­cial letter from the Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil (MBPP) that al­lowed him to use the park­ing bay. He said he also held an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties is­sued by the Wel­fare Depart­ment.

“When I am not us­ing the park­ing bay, no one else is us­ing it. The man­ager has not given me any rea­son why I am not per­mit­ted to use it,” he told Actionline yes­ter­day.

Selu­akku­mar said he un­der­stood that he could not park in the des­ig­nated bay if an­other dis­abled per­son had parked his car there.

“But when the bay is va­cant, why does the man­age­ment refuse to al­low me to use it?”

Apart from the park­ing problem, Selu­akku­mar said the man­ager had also re­fused to al­low a visi­tor to help him carry a tele­vi­sion set into his apart­ment dur­ing the re­cent Hari Raya Aidil­fitri fes­tive pe­riod.

“She said no sup­pli­ers were al­lowed into the build­ing on week­ends. “I can’t carry the tele­vi­sion on my own, so the shop sent its staff to help me carry the tele­vi­sion but was de­nied en­try,” he said. Selu­akku­mar claimed that when other res­i­dents were pass­ing by, the man­ager spoke loudly and em­barassed him by telling ev­ery­one that he needed help to carry the tele­vi­sion.

“I told her I am dis­abled. I only have one hand. The staff had parked his van out­side the apart­ment com­plex and was help­ing me to carry the tele­vi­sion.

“She told me it was my problem and did not al­low the man to help carry the telvi­sion.”

Selu­akku­mar said he had lodged a po­lice re­port and sought help from MCA to find out why he was being dis­crim­i­nated against by the man­ager. Checks by Actionline at the apart­ment re­vealed that there was only one park­ing bay for dis­abled peo­ple at the 780unit apart­ment, which con­sisted of two blocks. An Aims Man­age­ment Ser­vices em­ployee, who wanted to be know only as Kay, said many res­i­dents had lodged com­plaints against the man­ager.

“My em­ploy­ers are afraid of her,” Kay added.

Kay al­leged that the man­ager had re­ceived a com­mis­sion for se­cur­ing the build­ing man­age­ment project for the com­pany.

“The man­ager acts like she is the queen here. She fights and ar­gues with res­i­dents who go against her,” said Kay.

Pe­nang MCA com­plaints bureau chief Ooi Teck Liang said he would help Selu­akku­mar to file a for­mal com­plaint with the Pe­nang Com­mis­sioner of Build­ings (COB).

“No one, dis­abled or oth­er­wise, should be dis­crim­i­nated against. We will in­ves­ti­gate this mat­ter,” he said. Pe­nang COB di­rec­tor Nik Ariff Long Dir ad­vised Selu­akku­mar to lodge an of­fi­cial com­plaint in writ­ing for fur­ther ac­tion.

“The man­age­ment of the build­ing can­not refuse to al­low a dis­abled per­son to use the park­ing lot with­out a valid rea­son.

“Since Selu­akku­mar claims that the man­age­ment has not given him any rea­son, he can write to us and we will get them to an­swer,” he said.

Nik Ariff ad­vised res­i­dents who were fac­ing prob­lems with their build­ing man­age­ment to dis­cuss the mat­ter among them­selves and get a quar­ter of the prop­erty own­ers to sign a pe­ti­tion and sub­mit it to COB.

Ef­forts by Actionline to con­tact the build­ing man­ager for her com­ments proved fu­tile.

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