Monday June 18, 2012
Vacant home an eyesore
By ZAZALI MUSA
JOHOR BARU: For 15 years, businessman Law Chia Swee, 61, has been living with the unwelcoming sight of overgrown trees which had crept onto his house.
His neighbour’s vacant home Jalan Indah 6/7, Taman Bukit Indah had transformed into a secondary jungle causing great inconvenience.
“I’ve never met the house owner and wonder how can a person just leave his house empty for so long,” he said.
Law said not only the vacant house has turned “green” over the years, at one time it also become an abode for drug addicts seeking refuge in the premises.
The drug addicts, added Lau, also removed the sliding front doors and window panes and sold the fittings as scrap metal to feed their drug addiction.
This had prompted him to inform the police on the presence of drug addicts in the vacant house and they had been arrested by the police since then.
“The drug addicts are gone but the house is now a favourite spot for rats, snakes and mosquitoes and imagine having to live side by side with these creatures,” Law lamented.
He said his family is having problems exiting from the back door of the house as the overgrown trees have blocked the entrances.
Law hoped the Johor Baru Central Municipal Council would take action by clearing the trees in the front and the back lane of the vacant house.
“A notice should be served on the house owner to clean his house once and for all,” he said.