Shelter and security are two basic rights for humans but in many cases in the Klang Valley, shelter for the lower-income group seems to lack the basic safety requirements.
The five-year-old boy who fell to his death last week from the sixth floor of the Kota Damansara People’s Housing Project (PPR) flats, the second child to have fallen from the highrise in less than two years, was a reminder of the tragic consequences when those safety features are overlooked.
StarMetro visited the PPR flats in Selangor and found they shared similar issues. Basic facilities like railings, fire extinguishers, drain covers and proper sewage system, to name a few, seem to be lacking in low-cost high-rise buildings that house more than a 1,000 people.
One 10-year-old PPR building in Selangor has not even received their certificate of fitness (CF) and currently houses more than 3,000 residents.
Read all about the safety issues haunting the residents of PPR flats in StarMetro tomorrow.