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Friday, November 25, 2011

More than 200 Bungalows left to rot

Nobody’s home: An abandoned unit covered with thick undergrowth next to an occupied residential unit in the Rasah Kemayan township.

The Rasah Kemayan (RK) housing estate has now become a ghost town with more than 200 bungalows left abandoned, some with real estate banners hanging over the gates for years while others are slowly being swallowed by thick undergrowth.

All the bungalows come with huge compounds and some have been renovated extensively into large mansions.

Retiree Luciano Charles De Silva said there were many bungalows, bought by speculators were now not cared for or maintained.

“Some are well-maintained but have been unoccupied for years,’’ said De Silva, who bought a bungalow because of its strategic location and the Rasah Kemayan golf course.

The housing estate’s proximity to KLIA and talks that a new highway to be built to link to the airport were another reason why many opted to buy their retirement homes here.

“However, now with another new town, Bandar Sri Sendayan near Rasah Kemayan would turn this once quiet and peaceful residential housing area into a ghost town.

“More houses are being vacated and people moving out recently for better homes in other well-planned townships,’’ said De Silva.

He said the thick undergrowth had become a home for snakes, monitor lizards and rodents.

And due to the large number of abandoned houses, security has also become a problem with increasing number of thefts.

The residents once pooled their resources to build a two-storey guardhouse at a cost of RM15,000 in view of the increasing number of thefts and burglaries and to help control traffic in the residential area.

However, the guardhouse is also abandoned and there is no control over traffic movement into the area.

By The Star

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