KUALA Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan is dissatisfied with the delayed response by security personnel to distress signals from panic button systems at the Taman Pudu Ulu Recreation Park. He was there to inspect ongoing work for a children’s wading pool and decided to test one of the five panic buttons installed within the grounds of the 26ha park.
As the siren wailed, he timed the arrival of the security guard on his watch.
When no one turned up, he was told that the guards were informed earlier that a test run was being done on the panic buttons, and since there was no real emergency, they did not have to rush to the scene.
Nor Hisham, however, did not accept the explanation.
“Where is the bicycle patrol team? There should be a response from them,” said Nor Hisham.
He then instructed an aide to alert the enforcement team.
On the five panic button posts located around the park, Nor Hisham said it was important for the security team to be constantly alert on the sirens and distress signals.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) spent RM35,000 to instal the panic button system.
Nor Hisham said fast response time was crucial for deterring crime.
Concurring with him was Arumugam Veerappen, a general worker from DBKL’s Landscape Department.
In his 23 years with DBKL, Arumugam personally attended to emergencies at the park, one where he called for an ambulance after a school girl fainted, and another where he extinguished a fire that broke out after an oil leak in a visitor’s car.
Arumugam said if help had been delayed in the two cases, there would have been dire consequences.
On the progress of the children’s wading pool, Nor Hisham said it would be open to public next week.
For safety, children using the pool must be fully supervised at all times.
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