PPR flat residents fed up with constant lift breakdowns

A long queue by residents of PPR Kampung Baru Hicom as they wait for the only working lift in Block C.

THE fasting month has been hard for residents of PPR Kampung Baru Hicom flats who have no choice but to climb the stairs to their respective floors due to faulty lifts.

Residents living on the higher levels of the 16-floor flats in Block C are having a hard time especially, with only one working lift.

The lifts have been faulty since the recent breakdown last April, when promises of immediate repairs were made by Selangor Housing Committee chairman Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad.

Unfortunately a week after his visit, the lifts broke down again.

Resident Shahaidy Azlan said the lifts in Block C were working during Iskandar’s visit but broke down soon after, leaving only one operational.

“It is sad to see the elderly climbing the stairs because there are just too many people waiting for that one lift. That lift will soon give way as well because it is being overused,” he said.

He added that in the seven years he had lived there, broken-down lifts had always been part and parcel of problems at the PPR.

Another resident, who declined to be named, said there had never been a time when all the lifts were working properly.

She said every other week they would have to report lift problems to the maintenance office run by Perumahan dan Hartanah Selangor Sdn Bhd (PHSSB).

“This time they said the delay to repair the lifts was because they could not get the spare parts,” she added.

Shahaidy said the lifts were old and spare parts were hard to find, so it would be best to change all the lifts.

He said they could not continue living this way anymore and urged the authorities to stop blaming vandalism as the major cause.

The authorities, he said, should be more than prepared to deal with such problems and an effective method be in place to ensure the amenities for residents functioned properly.

A resident, who identified himself only as Mail, said the issue had dragged on for too long.

“Something has to be done. We may have to lodge a complaint with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission if nothing is done soon,” he stressed.

Iskandar could not be reached for comments at press time.

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