Covered walkways mooted to ensure safety at low-cost flats

In January, a Form 3 student died after being struck by an office chair believed to have been hurled from the upper floor of a flat in Pantai Dalam. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities plan to build covered walkways in the compound of selected People’s Housing Programme (PPR) flats to ensure the safety of residents.

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said this was among the improvements which have been agreed on in light of two incidents that occurred in low-cost flats (this year).

“We have to review the matter on a case-by-case basis and see what are the needs of each PPR. There is no one solution for all.

“To construct covered walkways is one of the solutions to prevent residents from getting hurt due to objects falling from upper floors.

“We are still looking for ways to tackle the problems at the PPR, depending on their locations,” Khalid said at a press conference with Kuala Lumpur mayor Nur Hisham Ahmad Dahlan at City Hall today.

He was commenting on a recent incident at the PPR Gombak Setia, where 19-year-old Muhammad Ikmal Abduk Razak was struck by a bicycle wheel which was apparently thrown from an upper unit.

Ikhmal received 15 stitches on the head.

Nur Hisham said DBKL would be holding a special briefing with all PPR residents to remind them on the do’s and don’t’s to prevent more incidents.

“We are looking for the best solution to resolve these problems. (I agree) that the PPRs also face problems with rubbish and when we go to these flats, we usually wear hardhats while we are in the compound.

“Each PPR has its own different environment, and that is something which we need to take into consideration before deciding on any solution,” said Nur Hisham.

In January, a Form 3 student died after being struck by an office chair believed to have been hurled from the upper floor of a flat in Pantai Dalam.

S Sathiawaran was believed to have been entering a covered area at Block 102 of Projek Perumahan Rakyat Seri Pantai.