Worried over rise in positive cases

Tan wearing personal protective equipment while delivering food and essential items to tenants at Faber Plaza.

Those living and working in Faber Plaza in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur are worried about the number of Covid-19 positive cases in their area and want the authorities to help contain the situation there.

“As of yesterday, we detected 22 positive cases in our building and these are mostly from units being rented out to non-Malaysians,” said Faber Plaza Management Corporation general manager Francis Tan.

Faber Plaza in Jalan Desa Jaya comprises 257 units — 128 residential and 129 commercial and office space.

“And the number of people, particularly foreigners staying in these units are high,” he added.

Tan said despite having reported the situation to the Health Ministry, those who tested positive were not picked up by the authorities nor had the management corporation receive any feedback.

“We are concerned as those who tested positive are still staying in their respective units and in close contact with their housemates.

“The number of cases may rise in the next few weeks and the situation can quickly get out of control,” he added.

Tan explained that a woman living in one of the units had tested positive and went to Hospital Kuala Lumpur to seek treatment last week.

She worked at a laundry service and was having breathing difficulties, so her flatmates thought she would be hospitalised, he said.

But instead of treating her, the hospital sent her home to self-quarantine.

However, when she returned to her apartment, her housemates did not allow her to enter as they were afraid of contracting the virus.

The woman went missing soon after but she returned to her unit yesterday.

Tan said many people would go to Faber Plaza to pack food and buy items from sundry shops in the building, so he urged the authorities to help keep the situation under control.

“We are willing to cooperate fully if a total lockdown is implemented here to stop the spread of the virus, but we need some guidance and help,” he said.

In the meantime, the building’s management has temporarily relocated all Covid-19 positive individuals to several empty units.

“They are not allowed to go out.

“Food is delivered to their units with health supplements and vitamins, herbal drinks and essentials such as hand sanitisers, face masks and whatever they require to be comfortable and help them recuperate,” Tan said.

He added that some businesses had sponsored food, while non-governmental organisation Tzu Chi supplied foldable beds and Taman Desa Residents Association donated Covid-19 test kits and hand sanitisers.

“Usually, when someone tests positive, the clinic where they were tested would contact the Health Ministry and someone will come to check or at the very least, give them a quarantine wristband.

“As property owners and managers, we are grappling with how to respond to the pandemic and best safeguard the health and safety of our tenants and staff as well as customers and come up with measures to protect everyone quickly,” he said.

“It is quite disheartening that we are not getting any response from the calls and emails sent to Health Ministry.’’

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