Give lower floor units to disabled


By LISA GOH

THE disabled and little people living in Pekeliling Flats in Kuala Lumpur are urging City Hall to keep its promise to them. 

Resident Mohd Razhid Isa, who is also a member of the Malaysian Association of the Little People, claimed that the 39 disabled and little people were promised the first three floors in their future residence in Sri Rampai, Setapak. 

“We had a dialogue with representatives of City Hall and Titiwangsa MP Datuk Astamam Abd Aziz. 

“We were promised that we would be given the first three floors, and will be exempted from having to draw lots. However, the promise was not kept and some of us were allocated units on the 18th floor,” he said. 

Sahmar (right) showing Mohd Razhid (in wheelchair) the letters from City Hallasking him to draw lots for his new flat. With them are other visually impaired residents.

The group of about a dozen residents, who included the visually impaired, gathered at Pekeliling Flats on Friday to voice their frustrations. 

Under the Federal Territories Ministry's plans to develop the Pekeliling area, the flats' residents will be relocated to government flats in Sri Rampai. 

A visually impaired resident, telephone operator Sahmar Saat, said: “We are very disappointed and hope that our plight will be considered. 

“I was allocated a unit on the 11th floor. If there is an emergency, who will help me and the other disabled people get downstairs to safety?” he asked. 

Retired army officer Abd Mutalib Ahmad, who is blind, said: “Dialogues are important, but more importantly, we want to see some action taken on this issue.” 

The disabled residents are also appealing for lower rental, as the rent at the new flats would increase by 30%. Furthermore, as many of them ran their own small businesses, they had asked to be given shoplots for them to earn a living. 

A City Hall spokesman said priority was always given to the disabled, little people and single mothers to take the first three floors in government flats. 

“However, procedure still requires them to draw lots. If they are not satisfied with their units on other floors, they can make an appeal to have a unit on the first three floors, depending on availability,” he said.  

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