PUCHONG: It is not the first time that people have drowned in the Taman Putra Perdana mining pool, says a resident.
Housewife Muhlifah Suaidi claimed just before Ramadan this year, there were two cases but added the site was a favourite among anglers, who sometimes stayed there till late at night.
“I hope this latest tragedy will draw the authorities’ attention to the lack of safety barriers,” said Muhlifah, 57.
Checks at the site yesterday showed a group of people, who claimed to be contractors, taking measurements on the bridge.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, they claimed to have been given instructions to take measurements for doors to bar entry onto the bridge.
They were also told to close the gaps by the sides.
Commenting on the incident, Sepang Municipal Council deputy president Muhammad Hafiz Shaari said he has met with the district Drainage and Irrigation Department.
“Signs will be erected to warn the public against entering the site,” he said.
An eye-witness Faris Abdul Razak said the tragic incident could have been avoided if proper procedures had been followed.