DBKL policy changes needed, says mother of teenager killed by falling chair in 2018

POLICY changes by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) are needed, says the mother of the 15-year-old boy who was killed by a chair believed to have been thrown from a People's Housing Project (PPR) block.

“I do not want the fate of my son to befall anybody else. If the residents do not pay rent, the water supply will be cut. I have been paying the rent, but DBKL has not taken any action to improve the maintenance or safety here, ” said 48-year-old S. Kasturi Bai.

Her 15-year-old son S. Satsiswaran was killed at the PPR Sri Pantai when a chair fell on him on Jan 15,2018 when he was heading to buy a prepaid top-up.

Kasturi added that she has sought the help of lawyers who will be taking up the case on a pro-bono basis.

Meanwhile, social activist Arun Dorasamy said he is assisting Kasturi in the matter and is chairing a committee to facilitate legal action against DBKL as it is responsible for the maintenance of PPR Sri Pantai.

He said Kasturi is seeking RM1mil in damages and sustainable policy changes and improvements on the infrastructure at housing facilities.

Arun said that following the incident, DBKL only installed a metal net above the corridor where Satiswaran died.

“The chair that fell on Satiswaran had been left idle on the 21st floor for almost a month. If the maintenance was good, the tragedy would not have happened, ” he said.

“DBKL only installed the metal net at Block 102, how about at other similar housing? We cannot wait for another tragedy, ” added Arun.

He also said police have yet to complete their investigation, and added that the 21-storey building was designed without a rubbish chute.

“Residents are expected to walk all the way down to the rubbish house to throw even a small bag of trash, ” he said.

Arun added that other aspects of PPR design needed changing, pointing out that the windows of these units have no awnings.

“From my visits to some units, most of them have water seepage issues resulting in moldy walls that are detrimental to health. Residents have to cover the windows and furniture with plastic to prevent it from getting wet everytime it rains, ” he said.

“Poor people also need good living standards, ” added Arun.

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