RIDZUAN CONDO, BANDAR SUNWAY
Politicians should stop attacking one another over the Ridzuan Condominium issue and start working on a solution instead, said MCA deputy publicity chief Loh Seng Kok.
He said the war of words would merely serve as a distraction to the condominium joint management board’s (JMB) racial profiling and security concerns.
“The security concerns of the residents must be addressed. Likewise, the projection of the racist stand taken by the JMB must likewise be addressed,” he said in a statement yesterday.
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For the respect of those who only read what is in the newspaper, I would like to comment about the racism issue that is raised here. The african community is just a larger foreigner group staying here but there are other foreigner groups that are, for the lack of a better word, yellow skin that are just as bad.
I’ve been staying at the condo ever since it was built and am still staying there. The moment, certain college/university was shifted near the condo, more students started renting units here and the college/university also rented a fleet of units to be rented out to their students.
Since then, the condition of the condo started deteriorating as some of these students do not take care of the units or the common spaces. We saw rubbish strewn everywhere, at the lift lobbies, out the windows and walkways, peeing everywhere and having the stench of urine all over the compound, spitting on tiled floors all over. Yes the cleaners are around, but hey how many times can they sweep the area everyday? There are about 800 units there and if only 10% throws rubbish that way, it is still difficult to maintain.
One might think, more students easier to rent out right? There is a flip side to the story. If they are genuine students yes. But if they came into the country under the pretext of studying but they are doing something else, then you are basically facing demons. You will heard loud knocking almost every night past midnight or wee hours of the morning; you will hear loud laughter at any time of the night; you will hear screams/shouts when fights goes on in some of these units during the night. Pray tell, do Malaysians do this?
There were also countless breaking and theft that happened since then too. One may say, there’s no proof that it was an African who committed the crime. But some of these residents were in actual fact extorted and threatened by Africans. I have spoken to a few of them and I am one of those victims. I was stalked by one of them 3 times. Each time I pass, they ogle at me and other females. I don’t look like someone who can befriend anyone easily, I always avert looking at them and never speaking to them. So did I ask for it? Definitely not.
Try living in fear each time you park your car to get home or to get to your car from your house. Try having to press 2 buttons on different floors just to get home. Try having to wait for the next lift to avoid being in the same lift with people who have threatened you before. Try calling the police at 1plus am at night reporting possible fights within the unit filled with Africans and all you get is ‘Kita boleh nasihat saja’ and puts down the phone. There were countless times that the immigration team came and handcuffed many of them away, aka they were illegal immigrants.
Even the police can’t protect us. We have gone through this for more than 5 years and I think this was the first time that we actually took matters into our own hands.
If you have gone through all that and still feel safe with them around, I’ll call you a Saint.
I would appreciate it that actual facts are known first before pointing the finger or accusing anyone. If you were in a similar situation and others start commenting about you in a negative way without knowing the actual facts, would you just acknowledge that they were right? Words of accusations come easy when you are not living in that situation.
For those who read to the end, appreciate your time reading my comments.
The Ridzuan Condominium’s policy not to rent out units to all “Africans” is still racist even though their grouses are understandable, said PKR Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad today.
He was responding to a statement by MCA leader Loh Seng Kok, who said that since the policy was passed by the the condominium’s decision making committee, it is contradictory to accuse Malaysians of being racist.
“The ban is obviously a blanket ban on Africans as a community. That is racism,” Nik Nazmi (left) said in a statement.
Evaluating someone based on their race and not their personality is racism,” he added.
Nik Nazmi, who is the assemblyperson where the condominium is located, said that even though the policy to ban all Africans was passed by the Joint Management Board (JMB) with approval from the residents, the decision could still be challenged in court.
Asked why Africans have been singled out, Lim said one reason is because it is difficult to restrain them whenever they cause problems.
“They are so big (physically) that even three security guards cannot control them. The police came one time and could do nothing. If you are a property owner, you sure get angry…” Lim said.
Not every foreigner is unwelcome as a tenant in Ridzuan Condominium, residents said in explaining their “discomfort” over the presence of Africans in the property in Bandar Sunway, Selangor.
Those interviewed expressed support for the decision by the Joint Management Board (JMB) to ask Africans currently renting units to leave within three months.
“We can accept Muslim, Chinese, Thais, Filipinos and even Pakistanis and Arabs… Asians don’t cause trouble… we can accept (everyone) but not Africans,” a middle-aged man who only wanted to be identified as Lim, told reporters outside the condo late yesterday.
“Proper human beings (would) go home and close (the) door, mind your own business … you don’t hang around and make noise.”
Vijay, who has owned a unit for five years, said he suspects that the Africans are drug pushers and pimps who are “perhaps using the condo as a transit place”.
“They loitering around for 24 hours … that shows that they are not working. Are they really students?” Vijay asked.
One man claimed that he and other Nigerians have experienced many instances of racism while living in Malaysia since February 2011.
Not all unit owners in Ridzuan Condominium are supportive of the Joint Management Board’s (JMB) decision to ban Africans from residing in the building, two tenants have claimed.
Paul Kaen, a Nigerian student, told Malaysiakini that he has not been given any notice to vacate his unit in the condo, in Bandar Sunway, Selangor.
“Some landlords told us they are not happy about the development, you know,” he said, also noting that Africans have a tendency to pay the rent in advance.
He explained that it is African culture to value the place of stay, “even more than filling our stomachs”.
However, Kaen said he was prepared to move out because he has been “deeply hurt by the racist ruling”.
Mohammed Nurhu, also from Nigeria, said he has been renting a unit at the condo for three years now.
Although he is prepared to leave, he said his landlord is not happy to see him go because he pays RM1,500 a month – RM200 more than the average rate.
“Most of the landlords are against this, actually,” said Mohammed, a business administration student.
RIDZUAN CONDO IN BANDAR SUNWAY TAKES DRASTIC MEASURES TO PRESERVE THE VALUE OF THEIR PROPERTY…
Racial profiling in the housing sector would send the wrong message to the international market, said Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
Asked to respond to a Malay Mail Online report that residents of the Ridzuan Condominium in Bandar Sunway have agreed to a blanket ban on African tenants and would force them to vacate units within three months, Rahman said racial profiling “is not right”.
“You cannot deny anyone buying property based on their race. It is crazy, it is not right. If you want to say there are problems with tenants, you can’t attach that to their racial background,” he said.
“To say that every African is a troublemaker is grossly unfair. I think we need to ensure there is no racial profiling. The moment you say ‘no Africans’ (in Malaysia), then there will be ‘no’ to Malaysians in South Africa.
“I don’t want to give wrong signals to the international market that they’re being profiled according to their race and country of origin.”
Contacted later, a management staff of Ridzuan Condominium refused to comment, saying it was not appropriate for him to do so.
He added that the Joint Management Board will meet before an official statement is made.
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|About Ridzuan Condominium:|
Ridzuan Condominium is a development project that is situated in Bandar Sunway.
It has fully furnished units with built ups starting from 590 sq ft.
It has several facilities that residents can enjoy. If you like working out, you can use the squash or tennis courts for a quick game with your friends.
Squash or tennis not only gives you a good workout, it allows you to have fun as well. You can use this to spend quality time with either friends or family. For those who enjoy swimming, the swimming pool is open for a refreshing dip any time of the day.
For those who want to develop those muscles, the gym is always open for you. Friendly and knowledgeable instructors are also there to help you out with anything you might need.
· The development is situated in an excellent location close to a lot of amenities
· Nice facilities.
· Good rental income from students attending nearby colleges.
· Traffic jam is a daily occurrence – especially during rush hour.
· Parking slots are limited so many residents park at the side of the road which leads to traffic congestion.
Many students renting out, so can it be noisy and is always busy at odd hours.