No directive from subsidiary to call off tender, clarifies Puasa

Former Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Puasa Md Taib has refuted claims that Perumahan Dan Hartanah Selangor Sdn Bhd (PHSSB) instructed the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to withdraw a tender to repair broken railings in PPR Kota Damansara.

Puasa, who is now Sepang Municipal Council president, was responding to the story by an online portal that the tender was cancelled by PHSSB. PHSSB is a subsidiary of Selangor Housing and Real Estate Board (LPHS) and took over the maintenance of the flats from MBPJ in 2013.

Five-year-old Muhammad Zul Hazriq Danish Alden fell to his death through a gap in the railing at the sixth floor of the PPR on Jan 28. It was the second fatality at the low-cost flats. On June 21, 2013, another five-year-old boy, Tinesh Raj, fell from the 14th floor.

Puasa said the tender was set up in 2013 but was called off after the Federal Government had offered to repair it.

“We had already done the bill of quantity (BQ) and were ready to call for the tender when we received the offer from the Federal Government’s Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU). The funds were only channelled later,” he said.

He added that MBPJ had submitted all the relevant documents during the Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) meeting on the maintenance of PPR flats in Selangor.

At the hearing, MBPJ, PHSSB and LPHS had pointed the finger at each other on which body was ultimately responsible for maintaining the flats.

Friends of Kota Damansara chairman Jeffrey Phang expressed disappointment over the lack of urgency which was to the detriment of residents’ safety and security.

“If funds were delayed, there should have been preventive action to secure the dangerous areas,” he added.

Phang said it took three months before a lone worker was seen working on the repairs at some areas.

“Till today we still see many staircase railings missing,” he said.