Monday, May 24, 2010

Procrastinate No More


It's been yonks since I paid a visit to the Kuala Lumpur Municipal Council (DBKL). I had no reason to (so I thought, a tad too smugly) until this morning.

The last time I did must have been during my sojourn as a reporter 20-odd years ago; covering an event, or interviewing someone, or getting feedbacks about issues I no longer remember.

Today's trip was a do-or-die mission. The price to pay? Having our condo unit sealed. And how in heavens did that come to be? Well, let me tell you something you already know; it doesn't pay to procrastinate.

I offer no excuses with regards this sorry affair; there is no point in denying the fact that moi had been disgustingly shoddy. Suffice to say if I could kick myself in the butts, I certainly would.

I can't rationalise why I had neglected to do the two most important things since buying this condo three years ago - pay quit rent and register the new ownership with the municipality.

The documents were all there in the pile of papers on my desk. Yet I sat on it, until the lawyer called a couple of days back, telling us that the municipality had issued a notice threatening to seal our unit for non-payment of quit rent.

That had Pak Abu flapping mad, although he was gracious enough not to put the blame squarely on my shoulder. He knew it should have been a mutual thing, one reminding the other of things to do. And doing them, of course.

And so this morning saw us trooping (shamefacedly, I must add) to the municipality office in downtown KL to do the needful.

In all, it took a mere 20 minutes, with the bulk of it spent filling in the forms and getting them xeroxed across the road (the xerox machine at the convenience store on the ground floor sudah kaput).

Now that the ownership has been legally changed and the overdue quit rent paid, I can breathe a lot easier.

Let's hope my little brush with the law serves as a reminder to anyone as scatterbrained as yours truly not to take things easy with such important matters.

By the way, today's DBKL seemed light years away from two decades ago in terms of performance and service. Efficiency and Courtesy were the order of day and I was a delighted beneficiary of both. Kudos to DBKL.

13 comments:

mamasita said...

Procrastinate memang everybody's favourite..bukan you all jer!!haha

D said...

OMG, tell me about it! (enemy to the dreaded P word, but somehow, always finds him my buddy. Grrrr...)

MrsNordin said...

I'm a seasoned procrastinator! Hee.. Hee... glad you've paid your dues.

Siti Roffini said...

Procrastination is my forte. Wonder how I got along this far in life!!!!

Wan Sharif said...

I know I should not write anything as I have yet to go and pay to lawyers for them to execute the memorandum of transfer of my apartment.. and that should be done in February 2009..
Luckily for me..other payments are handled by my better half who pass the task to her sister.

Ha, ha, ha.. another scatterbrain..
doh nok wat guane..

Thank you, Puteri, for the reminder.

Tommy Yewfigure said...

JANGAN

Tunggu besok apa yang bolih dibuat hari ini jugak…..kakaka

Sorry Puteri, I couldn’t resist this. This is what u call a mild kick up the butt ;)

Cheers,
Tommy

P/S - Shame on all of u people above, so proud to admit being a procrastinator :)))

Zendra-Maria said...

kama, i "test government procedures" quite often myself :)

_deli said...

Salam Kak Puteri,

And I thought "Procrastinate" is mine, all mine!!! In case you wonder what _deli looks like; flipped through the dictionary or google and voila! terpampang muko den!

And Mr.Tommy Yewfigure, shame is when one tries to deny it!

Average Joe said...

happy ending~! i love happy ending..

Kama said...

Mamasita - so I see, from the frank admissions here.. hehehe

D - This is one buddy we can do without, eh.. :P

MrsN, Siti, Wan & Zen - see what I mean? I'm in good company!

Tommy - Indeed, that JANGAN is soo apt!

Deli - Ni kena pi tengok nih... hehe

AJ - The thought that crossed my mind when we were told about the City Hall notice was "nasib baik dah balik umrah. what happened if we were still in Saudi Arabia when the notice was served and there was no response from us? Maunya balik umrah tengok rumah dah kena sita!" Thank Allah swt for His little mercies.

─╣aptop™ said...

Procrastination is a thief of time. So are many other long words.

NanaDJ said...

Puteri,
We are all the same. We put aside bills, notices etc and then we forget them completely.Now, I MUST renew my car and my household insurance first thing TOMORROW.

Kama said...

Lap - well said. Now you need a thief to steal your heart.. hehehe

NanaDJ - today is your TOMORROW. dah pi renew insurance? hehehe