RM800,000 allocated to repair missing rails and grilles

The missing rails and grilles at PPR Kota Damansara will be repaired at a cost of RM800,000, this week.

Management company Perumahan Dan Hartanah Selangor Sdn Bhd (PHSSB) general manager Nazmi Osman told residents extra bars would be fitted into the grilles for added safety.

Nazmi said work at all four blocks would cost an estimated RM800,000.

“The missing grilles at the staircases will also be replaced,” he said.

Nor Sahura Sahara Muhammad, 35, whose five-year-old son Muhammad Zul Hazriq Danish Alden fell to his death at the flats through a gap in the railing on Jan 28, welcomed the decision but said residents should have been consulted first.

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.

“In the past, discussions and promises were made to fix the broken railings but nothing was done.

“Ideally, they should have consulted us first but something is better than nothing.

“We do not want any more accidents to occur,” she added.

Representatives of Kumpulan Komuniti Prihatin who declined to be named, said they were disheartened by the lack of communication with residents.

“The management should have engaged the community before making a decision,” said the representative.

They said an engineer appointed on the residents’ behalf by Friends of Kota Damansara, should have been consulted

They said the safety fence PHSSB had put up in preparation for the repairs had become a rubbish dump as residents throw their stuff from upper floors.

The closed-off fencing is also inaccessible and cleaners cannot clean the area.

“The remedial works will take months, how long are we going have this ‘kandang sampah’?” said the representative.

Nazmi, however, said the management could no longer delay repair works.

“We cannot wait for their engineers to get back to us.

“We had initially sought their feedback for the anti-climb railings but they were not happy with that either,” he added.

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