Faulty lifts under warranty


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  • Saturday, 09 Apr 2016

Iskandar (centre) holding the lift door for a child at Block C of the Kg Baru Hicom flats during his visit.

RESIDENTS of the eight-year-old PPR Kampung Baru Hicom in Shah Alam have been assured immediate remedial action for its faulty lifts.

Selangor housing committee chairman Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad said he would work together with Selangor Housing and Property Board (LPHS) to ensure the lifts that have been faulty for weeks were repaired as soon as possible.

Iskandar said there were some 960 residential units in three blocks and the lack of lifts had made daily life difficult for all the residents.

“These people are in need of the lifts especially because there are 16 floors here. Many have complained about the difficulty of the elderly folk going up and down the flats. We will ensure the problem is resolved as soon as possible,” he said.

He said the lifts were still under warranty till June this year, and would not require additional funds to rectify the problem.

Repair works for all the lifts, he added, began in 2014 and only ended late last year.

When asked if low quality material was to be blamed for the problems in the newly repaired lifts, Iskandar said he was still waiting for a report from the management company.

“Most of the lift issues in PPRs stem from wear and tear, while some PPRs face vandalism issues. I need to check with the management about the problem here.

“I urge residents to cooperate with the state to ensure the facilities are well maintained. If they see anything suspicious, contact the management office. They are here from 8am to 5pm every day,” he added.

Lifts at PPR Kampung Baru Hicom that is being managed by LPHS subsidiary, Perumahan dan Hartanah Selangor Sdn Bhd (PHSSB), have been faulty for a while now, with only one lift working in Block A and two in Block B.

All three lifts in block C meanwhile were not working until Iskandar’s visit earlier this week.

PHSSB’s senior technician Marwan Abu Hassan said the company faced vandalism problems, with most of the acts committed at night inside the lifts.

“We cannot trace them because the vandals do their damage at night when there are not many people around the area. There was also a fire inside one of the lifts in Block A not too long ago,” he added.

On March 31, 10-year-old Aiman Idzham was trapped inside the only working lift in Block C when it broke down.

His mother, Norliza Nazri, 35, said the lift stopped between the 16th floor and the rooftop.

Norliza, who was waiting for Aiman, heard screams from the elevator located right in front of her unit.

“My neighbours had to climb the stairs all the way to the 16th floor to help free my son because all other lifts were not functioning,” she added.

“I got my neighbours’ help and they tried to pry open the doors. A technician from the management office arrived much later and finally managed to free my son, who was trapped alone in the lift for almost an hour.

Another resident, who wished to be known only as Addy, told Iskandar that one lift was operational once again after news of his visit reached the flats.

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