KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A resident of Block F in the Taman Keramat Permai Flats said he could see the kitchen of the unit below through the cracks in the floor of his upstairs neighbour.
Ahmad Zulkarnain Ahmad, 38, who lives on the ground floor, said he went to the fourth floor of the building block and saw serious cracks on the wall and floor.
“I did not expect the cracks to worsen... I could see the kitchen of the unit downstairs through the cracks on the fourth floor.
"After that, we were forced to evacuate to enable inspection work to be conducted,” he told reporters here Saturday (April 27).
He hoped the problem could be addressed before the fasting month, which begins in about a week.
“That is the only house we have, don't expect us to go through the fasting month at the evacuation centre.
“We have been told that the inspection will take three days before a decision is made on whether it is safe for us to return,” he added.
More than 200 occupants of Block F were ordered to evacuate their homes after cracks were found in the building Friday (April 26).
SMK Taman Keramat has been turned into a temporary evacuation centre for the occupants, though some opted to move into relatives' homes or stay at hotels.
Senior citizen Mohd Mohid Saidin, 68, who lives on the fourth floor of the apartment, said the cracks on the floor and wall worsened over the past few days.
“There have always been cracks, but not so obvious ones. I hope the authorities can address it immediately," said Mohd Mohid, who has lived there for more than 20 years.
Azmi Adnan, 48, whose unit is in an adjacent block, said other residents at the flats also feared for their safety.
“For the moment, the authorities have confirmed there are no cracks at our block,” he added.
Checks by Bernama in the area saw it being monitored by the police and personnel from the Works Department conducting inspection work.
Another occupant Ahmad Zainudin, 53, said he had been staying at the apartment for 28 years.
“There were cracks, but only small lines and not as serious as what happened last night. I was shocked to see the cracks getting bigger and spreading to other parts of the building,” he said when met at the evacuation centre.
Meanwhile, Maimunah Hamid, 47, said she was shocked to see the cracks, which were previously thin lines, stretched so fast and hoped the authorities would take immediate measures to address the problem for the safety of the occupants. - Bernama