A safety feature no more

TINESH Raj, five, who lived at Block D of PPR Kota Damansara, leaned over a rusty railing and fell to his death from the 14th floor.

The June 21 tragedy, which took place about 4pm at the PPR located in Jalan Pekaka 8/7 in Petaling Jaya, was not the first.

Residents are claiming that there had been two such cases in the past, and they want to know why the rusty railings at the flats were not repaired earlier.

Tinesh’s aunt Neela Devi Ammasie, 30, said his death could have been prevented.

“I do not want other children, or even adults, to suffer the same fate,” said Neela.

A site visit by StarMetro recently revealed that most of the railings were missing, posing a danger to children and adults.

Some of gaps caused by missing railings have been covered with string and wood as a temporary measure.

PPR Kota Damansara chairman Johari Nander said complaints were lodged with the authorities during Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s visit to the flats in November 2009.

“The mentri besar allocated close to RM2mil to repair the lift, the water pump and for other maintenance work.

“They repaired all these facilities but not the railings.

“We fear more children might fall and die,” he said and suggested the railings be replaced with brick walls.

Marget Loy from Community Excel Services said the authorities should not ignore the residents’ grouses.

“Tinesh’s death should not be in vain,” she said.

Jefrey Phang, who heads a team of volunteers who provides Eng-lish lessons to the children here, said he together with several other NGOs will hand over a memorandum to the Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad today.

“We want to see action taken to ensure such incidents do not recur,” he said.