MIRI: There are many old multi-storey buildings in Miri with lifts and escalators that are no longer in good condition.
These facilities need to be replaced fast as some of them could break down at any moment.
A check by Metro Sarawak in Miri following Sunday’s incident at the Miri airport where an escalator suddenly malfunctioned and broke apart revealed there are a few high-rise buildings that were constructed more than 30 years ago.
These buildings consist of shopping complexes, office blocks and also hotels.
The escalators and lifts are old and appear to be in poor working condition.
The public have to use these facilities daily despite the poor state they are in.
Many noted that these facilities suffered several technical breakdowns, particularly the escalators.
Meanwhile, mayor Lawrence Lai, who went to inspect the airport escalator, also told the airport authorities to replace all the escalators in the building that were installed in 2003.
State Assistant Minister for Air Transportation and Safety Datuk Lee Kim Shin also stressed that these escalators and lifts that are subjected to heavy duty usage in public buildings such as transportation hubs or shopping complexes must be thoroughly checked often and replaced with new ones if necessary.
“These safety issues cannot be compromised,” he said.
No one was hurt in the incident which occurred at Miri airport.
“There were some people at the bottom of the escalator but they managed to step off in time.
“The airport engineers are already at the site to investigate the incident,” he said.