Feudalism in the Modern Age

Instead of doing something that will benefit all apartment owners and residents here, the developer cum building manager have allocated two lots of parking bays at the common area for themselves. To add insult to injury, they even have the impudence to build collapsible barriers to prevent others from parking there.

Unless I have missed out something, my understanding of a common area is that it should not be for the exclusive use of certain parties only but for the utilisation of all the apartment owners. After all, the quit rent for the premises within the fenced compound are being paid for from the management fund. Each apartment has to contribute RM90 monthly into the management fund towards the upkeep of the common area.

The Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) is unable to do anything because according to them that is not within the ambit of their authority. The building manager ignores our repeated complaints. Staying here is like living during the feudal times. We are at the mercy of the building manager who does everything to their own whims and fancies.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

8 thoughts on “Feudalism in the Modern Age”

  1. go on strike! like a mogok bogel or something. or like burn their houses down… or… uhm… refuse to pay your maintainance fees, or bring the matter officially to the resident’s committee (or something-something)! 😀

  2. hairy knee,
    Burn whose houses down? Some of them also stay here. It is like asking me to burn down my own apartment. The Residents Association is aware of it. The Majlis Perbandaran is aware of it. The building manager just do not care and continue to flaunt their supposedly “right” to do whatever they want.

  3. okay i was joking. but we need to get some attention! and show them we’re serious. okay maybe with more proper and formal methods. those obstructive triangular things are plastic aren’t they?! but maybe now we need something more drastic.


    (okay i got poor sense of humor. soz. bais.)

  4. That’s really bad.. Peter..! I would be really infuriated if it was my apt building..!
    But yes.. sometimes it’s hard to do anything.. when the authorities can’t even help.. !! But do make alot of noise.. coz’ it does work.. !

  5. Halo Peter ! Finally got to write to you. Previously when I clicked on the `drop me a line’ button there were some registrations required and `scared’ me of proceeding… Well, back to your complaint I think you can use your blogging muscle to send mails to the Developer continually to harass him…till he relent on his feudalistic/`kingly’ behaviour ! I suspect the ASTRO disc at special location also belong to this chap ? It won’t take much to find out the developer’s email address. Do let me know if you have difficulties -I also happen to know an engineer working there before! Take care. Ong BK

  6. Ong,
    Thank you for your concern. The RA is looking into ways to settle the issues amicably. I hope that works out.

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