Repairs on faulty public housing lifts to start soon

StarMetro’s report on July 17.

Upgrading work on lifts at Desa Rejang Public Housing in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur is expected to commence soon.

In a statement to StarMetro, IM Global Property Consultants Sdn Bhd said the lifts were disabled after an inspection was done by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) on April 21.

The inspection, which takes place every year, identified major faults with the lifts.

The company was appointed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Commissioner of Buildings to manage the 12 blocks of flats since Oct 1, 2019.

It said DOSH had instructed for upgrading work to be carried out on all 34 cars at the flats to renew the certificate of fitness of the lifts.

“Upgrading work is divided into two phases involving 23 and 11 cars, respectively.

“Work instructions have been issued to an appointed contractor on May 11 for phase one and June 14 for phase two,” it continued.

The company released its statement in response to a StarMetro report on July 17, which highlighted residents’ complaints on frequent lift breakdowns in the last two years.

Although community leaders had written to Federal Territories Ministry and DBKL about the matter, the issue remains unresolved.

Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, in a statement on his official Facebook page, said he brought the matter up during a virtual meeting with minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa on July 16.

Each block in Desa Rejang has between 16 and 19 floors, with each floor comprising 12 to 16 units.

Blocks A and B have three lifts while the rest have four each.

IM Global said upgrading work for phase one was expected to be completed by Aug 22.

“After this, all lifts at Blocks A and B will be operational, while the other blocks will have two operational lifts,” the statement said.

The company added that work had yet to start because of the late delivery of replacement parts, which had to be ordered from China.

Separately, mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah visited Seri Kota and Bandar Tun Razak Public Housing on July 18 to find out about the progress made on lift repairs.

The unscheduled visit, said DBKL in a statement on its official Facebook page, was to get input from residents on the problems they faced during the repairs.

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