TAIPING: A boy drowned in a pool found at the site of a new development project next to Taman Ria in Simpang here, leading to calls to make the area safer.
Police recovered the body of six-year-old Mohamad Hakim Mohd Zali at about 4pm last Friday.
“I hope the authorities will learn something from this tragedy as other children might also be lured to the pool,” said the victim’s mother, Siti Rahmah Abdul Rahman, last Saturday.
The 45-year-old ticketing clerk said she was at work when Mohamad Hakim was believed to have left their home in Taman Damai, just next to Taman Ria, with a friend to play at the pool after Friday prayers.
She added that her two older children, aged 17 and 15, were supposed to be keeping an eye on him.
Siti Rahmah’s brother, civil servant Abdul Manan, 44, said that although the family was partly to be blamed for the tragedy, the landowner and developer of the project should also be held accountable.
He said that construction sites should be fenced up to prevent trespassing.
A check at the site late Saturday afternoon showed that in spite of Friday’s tragedy, the pool was still not fenced up and no signboard had been erected to warn trespassers.
Taman Ria resident Sheikh Alauddin Sheikh Hassan, 40, said that he would scold children from playing in the pool whenever he spotted them there.
No Taiping Municipal Council official could be reached for comment on why the site has not been fenced up.
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