No cover-up on Kerinchi PPR lift incident, says minister

Eight people were injured when a lift at the Kampung Kerinchi PPR flats in Kuala Lumpur plunged from the fifth floor on Friday. (Facebook pic)

PUTRAJAYA: The government said there will be no compromise if the crash of the lift at a people’s housing project (PPR) at Kampung Kerinchi in Kuala Lumpur last Friday was due to negligence on the part of those responsible for its maintenance.

“We will investigate and there will be no cover-up. If it is a result of negligence or if the contractors were not doing their job, all these will be exposed,” Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said.

Eight people were injured when the lift plunged from the fifth floor of the building.

Khalid said he understood there was a discussion among Kuala Lumpur mayor Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, the elevator contractors and the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) yesterday on future action, particularly with regard to the installation of elevators in new buildings.

Asked about reports that DOSH had found that there were about 6,000 lifts in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya that did not have certificates of fitness (CFs), Khalid said he was not sure if there were that many lifts at people’s housing projects.

“As far as I know, the lifts at Kerinchi PPR have the CFs which are certified by DOSH,” he said, adding that the report may have included elevators in private buildings,” he said after launching the Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign here today..

Meanwhile, the local government housing ministry said it would convene a meeting involving all stakeholders to work out a mechanism on how to reduce the incidence of faulty lifts in the country.

Its minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the meeting would include the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Department of Human Resources, the National Housing Department and the Fire and Rescue Department.