Several Sekolah Rendah Agama Bandar Bukit Puchong pupils looking into an uncovered drain outside their school.
OUTSIDE the gates of Sekolah Rendah Agama Bandar Bukit Puchong, in Sepang along the main road, is a large uncovered monsoon drain and a covered drain without proper fencing and missing five drain covers.
The school on Jalan BP16, which has been operating for three years, has not taken any measure to address the problem.
Students, aged between seven and 10, often run out of the school and play close to the uncovered drains.
School bus driver Wan Nor Zinayati Wan Mohd, 36, said a pupil once fell into the smaller drain and suffered minor injuries.
“The child was eating ice-cream after school, and she did not see the gap and fell in.
“She was in shock when we pulled her out of the drain.
“Luckily, she was not severely injured.
“The other drivers and I have warned the children to be careful when they run towards our vehicles, but they will still run,” she said.
The incident did little to deter the primary school pupils from playing near the monsoon drain or running terribly close to gaping holes.
Lawrence Chiew, secretary of the Kinrara Zone 14 Residents’ Representative Committee (JPP), said uncovered drains and missing manholes were still a big problem in the Klang Valley.
“The council needs to get involved and cover up these holes.
“In February last year, a 15-year old student in Klang had to have one of his kidneys removed after falling into an uncovered manhole.
“We should not wait for an accident to happen to take action,” he said.
Parent Marhaini Othman, 45, said normally they do not wait for the council to take action when a problem cropped up.
“When tree branches became overgrown, we parents got together with saws to cut them down.
“We even resorted to placing rocks around the uncovered drain and by the monsoon drain to prevent our children from going too close to the edge, but it is not working,” she said.
Kannan Raman, founder of the Human and Nature Development Society Selangor, said the uncovered drains were potentially a dengue breeding zone.
“The drains are dirty and because of the uncovered parts, more rubbish has been thrown in.
“This could make it a easier for Aedes mosquitoes to breed,” he said.