SHAH ALAM, June 19: A total of 30 low-cost apartment areas around the country will be selected to participate in the State Apartment Neighbourhood Safety Scheme (Seroja) for the year 2014.
The Exco for Housing, Building Management and Urban Settlers, Iskandar Samad said that the State Government has received a strong demand for the scheme and it is expected to be implemented in five areas this year.
“We will identify such areas. If implementation is successfully carried out in those five areas before the end of this year, we will continue it in the 30 areas without waiting for the year 2014,” he said in a press statement after the Exco meeting here in the Selangor Secretariat Building.
Iskandar added that each apartment area that participates in the scheme will receive a maximum grant of RM10,000 to be given to the Joint Management Body (JMB) or the Management Corporation (MC) for safety and training programmes.
In addition, the State Government will also provide safety equipment such as batons, vests and flashlights as well as a contribution to residents who encounter misfortune while conducting patrols.
He said that the State Government is confident that the scheme can curb vandalism in low-cost apartments.
“The act of vandalism is a burden to the residents, for example at Pangsapuri Taman Indah Permai, Klang.
“Where the elevators repaired by the State Government at a cost of more than RM600,000 has already broken down in just a year. So this scheme is very important,” he said.