You should have received a letter by hand from GCD (dated 25 March, 2013) informing residents that MPK has taken over garbage collection, cleaning of roads and drains, collection of domestic landscape garbage, old furniture and household items with effect from 1 August, 2012 – eight (8) months after the event!
What gives? All residents are aware of MPK’s role by now. So is this about the information in the last paragraph of the letter?
The GCROA performed better I’d say.
We notified residents about the handover of the services to MPK in our blog post MPK takes over services on 30 July, 2012 and again on 17 August, 2012 following some digging by our street representative, the late Padmanathan. As mentioned in the beginning of the update, Pat was frustrated by the lack of response from GCD so he went to MPK to get the information he wanted. That trip wasn’t necessary because GCD had all the pertinent information by 23 July, 2012 (refer to the MPK letter attached to your mail) but there never was a real desire by the management to interact with the residents, until now perhaps after we had been kicking a lot of ass and given their HQ people something to think about. It’s better late than never, I suppose. It is also, for me, refreshing to be addressed as a ‘valued resident’ and not thought of as the resident PIN for GCD & Co.
A couple of interesting snippets from this rare GCD communication.
The letter from GCD ends by mentioning that “notwithstanding the above [the stuff MPK has taken over] we are still maintaining the landscaping at the common areas and have engaged a contractor to carry out regular maintenance…”. What is the intent of this paragraph, I wonder. If you think this conveys the message that GCD is magnanimous, giving residents more bang for their bucks, then please think again.
Until these common areas are taken over by MPK, they remain the baby of GCD pursuant to the Deed of Mutual Covenants. Period. And they are entitled to charge residents for this, of course. So please do not think you are getting a free lunch.
Is GCD well remunerated for their maintenance services? We can only guess. There should be savings for GCD from August 2012 with the takeover of services by MPK. There will be more savings if GCD can get MPK to take the common areas sooner.
There never was any transparency in the charges tossed at residents. We hear a lot of gibberish, like GCD is subsidizing the residents but no useful and factual information have been provided to support this. Recently, GCD’s solicitor had responded to some residents (who are pursued over unpaid charges) who had demanded to know how the amount charged by GCD should be split between security services and maintenance services and for details of the maintenance services. The answer: 50-50 (don’t fix it if it ain’t broken, eh?). So, I’ll use this answer provided by the solicitor, knowing he can do no more than regurgitate what his client tells him.
The monthly charges for bungalow units and semi-Ds are RM230 and RM180, respectively. This means RM115 or RM90 for maintenance services. Let us assume a median of RM105 per unit. How many units are we talking about? 343 (before the new units in Precinct 2 that have been completed recently). This number is found in the subject line of the MPK and GCD letters.
Thus, maintenance revenue for GCD is 343 x RM105 = RM36,015
Other than grass cutting, there is the jetty to maintain, the swimming pool and the gym as well. Some of you are probably shouting that the pool and gym sucks and the broken lights at the P2 jetty have not been replaced. There are of course salaries for the maintenance office, office expenses, excetera, excetera. We don’t have the details so we can only equate: 36k and we have the common areas cut once a month? See update below.
I dare say with RM36,000 per month the GCROA can manage to hire one manager, two clerical staff and a gang of 5 workers plus rent for office space. They’ll work 5 1/2 – 6 days a week to upkeep the common areas and supplement the MPK areas as well.
Based on information obtained by GCROA Secretary Jeff Harris, we understand that the contractor hired by GCD will cover the river front from Lagoon One to Lagoon Three, the pathways next to these lagoons, the play areas and Jalan Damar, from the [capsized] boathouse to Precinct two entrance. They have a rotating schedule and each area should be swept twice a week. Sounds wonderful. We’ll see. if they can keep this schedule.
It is clear all the kicking is paying dividends. What more can I say? Kick some more so the change in mentality is firmly set.
I’ve seen these workers: