Dr Tan saddened by City Hall’s lack of urgency

KEPONG MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw is disappointed with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)’s lack of urgency in dealing with disasters.

He was unhappy DBKL failed to turn up at the site of a collapsed warehouse due to a freak storm in Taman Rimbunan, Kepong on Wednesday.

Dr Tan said he first called up the DBKL Crisis and Disaster Unit at 5.08pm and later followed up with an SMS that read Minta Tolong: Pokok-pokok tumbang dan banjir di Jalan Kepong, misalnya dekat dengan Taman Rimbunan, bas Selangor dan Kilang Aik Bee (Help: Fallen trees and flood along Jalan Kepong, for example near Taman Rimbunan, bas Selnagor and Kilang Aik Bee).

When contacted, DBKL corporate communications manager Anwar Mohd Zain said they had not received any complaints on the collapsed warehouse.

“Modern technology makes sure we have a record. They cannot deny the fact that I had lodged a complaint,” Dr Tan added.

Kepong was reportedly the worst hit area in the freak storm that wrecked a makeshift warehouse measuring 100m by 30m.

Dr Tan said he was alerted of the situation at the warehouse by two passers-by who noticed the entire structure collapsed during the 10-minute thunderstorm that occurred at 4.45pm.

He added the warehouse housing 12 stalls selling household appliances and kitchen utensils will be evaluated by an insurance adjuster to determine the losses.

Some 30 workers and two customers managed to escape the crumbling debris that left 90% of the goods damaged.

Dr Tan added that several trees were also uprooted during the storm along Kepong and Selayang. He visited the site yesterday morning.

“Kepong was definitely the worst-hit area and Selayang was also affected. I also received a visitor saying a Hindu temple in Jinjang North has lost its roof,” he said.

Dr Tan added he would try and collect some cash donations so repairs to the temple can be made as soon as possible.

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