Disabled commuters stranded at Puchong LRT after lift breaks down

SOME disabled commuters were stranded earlier this morning at the Pusat Bandar Puchong LRT station when the lift broke down. 

The wheelchair-bound passengers had taken the LRT to attend a press conference at the Beautiful Gate Foundation in Taman Perindustrian Puchong when they discovered the lift was not working. 

Worse, there was no alternative means to exit the station.

State Local Government, Public Transport and New Village Development Committee chairman Ng Sze Han said the passengers were unable to attend the press conference on the upcoming Love Puchong Christmas Carnival because of this. 

“They were stranded upstairs and could not make their way down. 

"This is not the first time this has happened at the LRT station,” he said. 

These commuters also encountered barricade bars that prevented wheelchairs from accessing another exit route – the one to Tesco. 

Ng said he had been receiving quite a lot of complaints on the lack of facilities for the disabled at this particular station. 

He said Prasarana Malaysia Bhd should look into permanently resolving the issue to ensure the comfort and safety of all passengers. 

Beautiful Gate Foundation executive superintendent Elaine Sia said they had many friends from the disabled community using the LRT as a means of transportation in the area since it was the closest station. 

“A lot of our friends from our main centre in Petaling Jaya use the LRT to get here.

"They usually change trains at Putra Heights before making their way to Pusat Bandar Puchong,” she said. 

She said she hoped the matter would be resolved soon for the ease of travel of all passengers. 

Meanwhile, Prasana issued a statement, saying the lift malfunction happened after water seeped into the lift following heavy rain and flash floods near IOI Mall several days ago.

"Parts are being sought and the lift is expected to be in operations tomorrow," it said.

Prasana also apologised to customers for any inconvenience caused.

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