PETALING JAYA: An emergency budget of RM1.8mil has been allocated to replace all the railings at the People's Housing Projects (PPR) flats in Section 8, Kota Damansara, where a boy fell to his death on Wednesday.
This allocation from the Federal Government came after five-year-old Mohammad Zulhazriq Danish Alden fell to his death from the sixth floor of Block B, the second such death to occur within the span of 18 months.
"The money is ready to be used and I hope this project will be carried out as soon as possible," said Selangor Umno chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar.
He added that the RM1.8mil allocation would be split into two portions - one to fix the railings and another half to fix the flats' electrical wiring.
"We will see how much is needed to fix the railings and if the quotation exceeds RM1mil, then we will put the wiring repairs on hold and channel all funds to fix the railings," he said during a joint press conference with Kota Damansara MP Halimaton Saadiah Bohan at the communal hall on Thursday.
There is no fixed timeline on the repairs but it will be carried out after the tender process is done.
"I hope the railings will be fixed immediately as we don't want a third case to happen," said the flat's resident association chairman Johari Nander.
He further explained that the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) did do some repairs after the first fatal incident in June 2013, where a young boy also fell from Block D of the PPR flats due to a rusty railing.
"The repairs were incomplete. We want something done immediately to ensure the safety of all residents here," he said.
When contacted, MBPJ said that they had handed the flats over to the Selangor Housing and Property Board (LPHS) and it was the council's responsibility to maintain and repair the broken railings.