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MORE than 20 fam­i­lies in Ta­man Desa Aman in Pengkalan Pe­goh in Ipoh are liv­ing in fear as cracks have ap­peared in their homes.

They be­lieve these were caused by dig­ging works for the con­struc­tion of a sewer hole, as part of the Re­gional Sewage Treat­ment Plant and Sewer Net­work project.

Mo­ham­mad Shah Malek, 31, said the res­i­dents met Ipoh City Coun­cil (MBI) rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the con­trac­tors to dis­cuss the prob­lem.

“We are wor­ried about the safety of our chil­dren, es­pe­cially dur­ing this rainy sea­son. The prob­lem has been go­ing on since 2016, and the cracks are get­ting worse.” he said, adding that ac­tion should be taken to avoid un­to­ward in­ci­dents.

Mohd Hazrul Mohd Noor Ka­mal, 37, said the con­trac­tors had fixed the cracks be­fore, but the prob­lem per­sisted.

“The prob­lem does not in­volve one or two houses, but 21. We want the con­trac­tors to tell us in black in white. They must give a let­ter that says they will fix our homes af­ter the project is com­pleted,” he said.

The RM2 bil­lion project will ben­e­fit res­i­dents in Kinta dis­trict in three pack­ages, which in­clude a sewer pipe net­work in Ipoh and con­struc­tion of a sewage treat­ment plan for ar­eas around Pa­pan.

When com­pleted in 2021, the 160km sewerage pipe net­work is ex­pected to bet­ter man­age sewage from do­mes­tic premises, in­dus­try and com­mer­cial sec­tors.


State Ed­u­ca­tion, Tech­nol­ogy, Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Dr Ab­dul Aziz Bari said he would ask MBI to sub­mit a full re­port to find so­lu­tions for res­i­dents.

“I will meet MBI rep­re­sen­ta­tives and con­trac­tors who are re­spon­si­ble for the mat­ter, so that we will get so­lu­tions im­me­di­ately. We want to lis­ten to their ex­pla­na­tions,” he said.

How­ever, at­tempts to con­tact MBI have proven fu­tile.


The cracks in homes in Ta­man Desa Aman in Ipoh are be­lieved to be caused by dig­ging works for the con­struc­tion of a sewer hole.

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