City Hall: We only give 'disaster assistance'

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  • Saturday, 14 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Car owners or shopowners affected by the flash floods on Tuesday will not be compensated by City Hall. 

“We don't do that.  

“We only give 'disaster assistance' to residents who are evacuated temporarily.  

“The amount given to each family is between RM150 and RM300,” mayor Datuk Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek said yesterday. 

However, he did not want to make further comments when asked about reports that a group of lawyers would be taking legal action against City Hall and him after their cars were damaged in an underground car park at Dataran Merdeka during the flood. 

About 1,200 people were evacuated from Kampung Cendana, Kampung Baru and Pantai Dalam after their homes were submerged with water. 

Mohmad Shaid said City Hall did not alert the management of Putra Plaza, an underground shopping complex in Dataran Merdeka, through its flood early warning system. 

“This place (the underground car park) had not been flooded for 15 years since its operations, according to the management.  

“When City Hall developed the flood early warning system, we only installed it on the other side (near the Masjid Jamek LRT station) because it had never been brought to my attention that it could happen here,” he said when showing pressmen the aftermath of the flood at the car park. 

He said City Hall would consider incorporating Putra Plaza and other underground car parks that were prone to floods into the system. 

“Maybe we can extend the early warning system to the Putra Plaza management and this can be done. 

“Now the flood has happened, we will give warnings to the management and the management will alert everybody so that they can bring out their cars an hour before the flood comes,” he said. 

Mohmad Shaid added that not all underground car parks would be incorporated as it would be a waste of money. 

He said City Hall might even activate the sirens – at the locations where the system was installed earlier than before – in view of the excess rainfall on Tuesday.  

“Now maybe, it should be one-and-a-half to two hours earlier so that they (the Putra Plaza tenants) will have enough time to escape,” he said.  

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