Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dustbin lids act as covers for manholes

No cover: A resident showing how dangerous the manhole can be without the proper lid. Looking on is Lim (second left, in white shirt) and other park patrons. (Photos by PUTRI NUR ELLIS)
Source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/10/18/central/9709900&sec=central (By PRIYA MENON, 18.10.2011)
Joggers risk serious injury at a park in Taman Manjalara Kepong because 11 manholes only have dustbin lids as covers.
Yab Fong Yoon, 63, said many senior citizens jog at the park in the mornings and it could be dangerous for them. “The park is full from 6.30am to 8.30am and some of the lights are faulty so you can hardly see anything,” he said.
Liam Tiam Soon, 68, a regular at the park, said he feared for the lives of the children who could fall into the manholes. “There are no guards in the park so no one can keep an eye on the people,” said Liam.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said he brought up the matter at a meeting between Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail and the MPs in August.
There are two other issues that needed immediate attention — a faulty man-made waterfall and a broken platform at the edge of the pond. “The mayor promised to carry out repair work and instructed the directors to deal with the matter within a month,” he said. Two weeks later Lim received a call from a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officer asking him to list out the problems in the place. Lim in turn urged DBKL to visit the park to see the extensive damage for themselves.
They fixed the fountain and removed the platform permanently. “However, they have failed to replace the missing manhole covers and it has been already been three months, ”Lim added. He said he would ask Fuad about the matter again.

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