RESIDENTS at Jasmine Court Apartment in Bandar Puchong Jaya had their worst fears realised, when a clump of trees at a nearby school toppled and damaged four cars Saturday (June 27) evening.
Resident Marissa Majella, who was having her afternoon nap, said she was awakened by a loud crashing sound. When she looked out of the window, she realised that her six-month-old MyVi was under the fallen trees.
“I shudder to think what would have happened if I had been in the car at that time, ” said the 30-year-old consultant of a petrol company.
Marissa’s car, which was parked nearest to the trees, was badly damaged in the incident. Weight from the fallen trunks had caused the entire front part of the car roof to cave onto the dashboard.
“If I had been in the car, I would have been severely injured, ” said Marissa.
Another resident, Cammy Chong, 44, said a trunk had poked through the back part of her Honda CR-V all the way down to the floor of the back seat. The single mother of two said it was by luck that her sons, aged 11 and 17, were not in the vehicle, as they too would have been badly hurt.
Four cars, including another MyVi and a Perodua Viva also suffered scratches in the incident. One of the vehicle owners, who only wanted to be identified as Razif, was just alighting from his parked car when the trees fell.
Jasmine Court Apartment Committee chairman Chew Thian Loong said the incident had left residents sad and disappointed, as they had expressed their worries to a member of parliament and to a member of Selangor state exco before this.
“We were told that as the trees were growing in the compound of a school near the apartment, they could not take action, ” said Chew.
Chew said a letter from the Selangor Education Ministry infrastructure and acquisition assistant director Muhammad Hanafi Ahmad had alerted the Petaling Perdana district education officer of the situation. However, due to the movement control order (MCO), the school was not open.
“I had wanted to see the headmaster about this, but thinking that school had just reopened, I thought I’d wait a few days until they were more settled. But the trees fell before I could do this, ” said Chew.
MCA Subang head Lawrence Chiew, who was at the scene, said he hoped the incident would serve as an eye opener to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council, as well as other government bodies to pay more attention to tree maintenance in their areas and compounds.
“Areas like Kinrara, especially, are filled with 20 and 30-year-old trees. If they are not maintained regularly, they will be a danger to the public. More so in school compounds, as falling branches may injure students, ” said Chiew.
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