Additional safety measures for PPR flats

Rubbish thrown from above landed on the awning of an apartment in Abdulah Hukum.-Filepic

A slew of additional safety measures are being considered at People’s Housing Project (PPR) flats and public housing (PA).

These include increasing the minimum height for balconies, in addition to earlier proposals of installing safety nettings and concrete slabs.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) executive director (project management) Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah said the average height of safety walls at the balcony area of PPR flats was 1m to 1.5m.

“So one suggestion is to increase the height to stop residents from throwing rubbish out of their units.

“The (Federal Territories) ministry is carrying out studies on these and other suggestions on physical barriers, which may be determined as a new criterion or condition in PPR areas.

These measures are being planned following the death of S. Sathiswaran, 15, who was struck by an office chair thrown from the balcony of the Seri Pantai PPR flat in Pantai Dalam last week.

The issue was discussed during the launch of the SkyWorld Quality Centre by the city developer SkyWorld Development Group in SkyArena @ Setapak today.

SkyWorld Quality Centre spanning 1207.7sq m that cost RM3.8mil to build is the first of its kind in Malaysia, established as a yardstick in the advocacy for quality in development.

Setiawangsa MP Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Zahari (brown blazer), Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (in dark blue shirt) and SkyWorld group managing director and founder Datuk Ng Thien Phing (right) at the launch of the SkyWorld Quality Centre in SkyArena @ Setapak . Photo by: LowLayPhon/THESTAR

It signals the group’s first steps in fully committing to quality compliant projects under the Quality Assessment System for Building Construction Works (QLASSIC), managed independently by the

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), said group managing director and founder Datuk Ng Thien Phing.

“Our SkyWorld Quality Centre just received an 85% score by QLASSIC. I know many of you might think that with our stringent quality commitments, our homes will have zero defects but there is no such thing as zero defects.

“What we can do is enforce quality checklists and minimise the defects so when you buy a SkyWorld home, you can be sure of our quality commitments,” he added.

Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Setiawangsa MP Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Zahari were also present at the event launch.

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