News: PPR Lembah Subang Residents Have Had No Lift Services For Up to 7 months

Mar 6, 2018

The broken lifts at Block H, PPR Lembah Subang 1 in Petaling Jaya have become a burden to residents, who had to walk up a long flight of stairs just to get to their home.

The last functioning lift at the 17-storey block had broken down four months ago, while the other two broke down five years ago.

A woman in early twenties, who was on her way to her 15th-floor unit, had even collapsed on the 13th floor.

Mazlan Mat Yunus, chairman of the Lembah Subang Residents Development Committee, revealed that there had been five cases of people feeling dizzy from climbing up the stairs over the last four months.

“That girl was lucky some residents saw that she was about to faint and immediately came to her aid,” he said.

“If she had been alone, it could have resulted in a serious fall. How long can this go on?”

Mazlan also expressed worry over the safety of senior citizens living in the flats, which is also known as PPR Putra Damai, as well as the wheelchair-bound and the sickly.

“There are many dialysis patients living in these flats. They need to get to the hospital three times a week for treatment and some of them are in wheelchairs,” he said.

Mazan noted that school-going children have been affected the most as they have to walk up and down the stairs at least four times a day.

Aside from these, the broken lifts have also resulted to additional expenses for the residents, especially those from the higher floors as they are forced to pay extra money just to get cooking gas and other provisions sent up to their flats.

Block H is not alone in facing the lift issue as all eight blocks at PPR Lembah Subang are suffering from the same problem.

Block A resident Tuah Sharuddin noted that while two lifts at Block H are being fixed, he hoped the contractors would expedite the process to get at least one lift working.

The flats have been the subject of a controversy between the state government and the Federal Government since 2016.

The state, via the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), managed the dilapidated flats since 2002, but stopped after the Federal Government, as landowner, expressed interest in maintaining them.

The signing, however, was delayed due to several issues including the payment of RM60.6 million to MBPJ for expenses incurred during its tenure.

With this, Mazlan called on both governments to put the interest of the people above all else.

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