Strong winds wreak havoc in Malacca


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 18 Jul 2004

BY VINCENT TAN

MALACCA: Strong winds during a heavy storm ripped off roof tiles and awnings from houses in Ujong Pasir near the city centre early morning yesterday.  

Some 47 households in Taman Sinn, Alai, Permatang Pasir, Teluk Mas and Taman Nanyang were affected in the 4.40am incident. 

Tan Soon Watt, 56, said he woke up when he heard loud noises coming from his house’s air well and his roof. 

“At first I thought it was a thief. Then, I heard a sound like something was leaking. They got louder and louder and when I went to check, the floor was covered with roof tiles from my air well,” said Tan. 

Another resident, Chong Yeon Moi, said the roof of her air well was blown off and ended up in a jumble of pile at the back of her house.  

“It was very loud and I was so frightened when I heard a loud bang. When I came out of my room, I saw that the roof of my air well had disappeared,” she said. 

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, Kota Melaka MP Wong Nai Chee and Teluk Mas state assemblyman Datuk Wira Amid Nordin visited the affected areas at 10.30am, starting with Alai, Permatang Pasir and Teluk Mas, where 31 houses were affected. 

“I’ve ordered the village security and development committee (JKKK) concerned to repair the affected houses today since we don’t know whether it’s going to rain again tonight.  

“However, the residents will have to pay from their own pockets first. The compensation will be in the form of monthly payment,” said Mohd Ali Rustam. 

Amid Nordin and Wong both promised monetary compensation from their allocations for the affected households. 

“The 31 households in Alai will share RM9,600 from the Teluk Mas development committee (Japerun) while Wong has pledged another RM8,000 from his parliamentary discretionary funds to be given to the households,” said Amid Nordin. 

Ten affected households in Taman Sinn would share the RM2,500 from Wong’s parliamentary allocation, the MP said after visiting the residents. 

The remaining six households in Taman Nanyang would be given funds pending assessments made by the Government, Wong said.  

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