Clear and present danger | Selangor Times
Issue 118


Clear and present danger

Published: Fri, 03 Aug 2012

KLANG: Irate shop owners in Batu Unjur have taken Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) to task for failing to repair an exposed manhole for three months despite numerous complaints to the utility company.

Lee (left) and Santiago inspecting the  manhole.

The cover of utility chamber, along a five-foot way outside a shoplot in Jalan Bayu Tinggi 5, was damaged after TM contractors installed broadband (Unifi) cables and is posing a danger to passers-by.

“Until now the hole is not covered yet. The cover is also broken and I’ve seen people falling into the hole which is about five feet deep,” said shop owner Lee Kang Han.

The 36-year-old manager of a freight forwarding business said his staff had also fallen into the hole once or twice.

Lee, whose office is situated on the first floor of the shop lot, said the manhole is at the foot of the stairs and is afraid that his clients might fall in.

“I hope they will be more responsible and fix it soon to prevent more accidents from happening. Someone could really get badly injured,” he said.

Lee has also been writing to TMPoint in Port Klang, urging them to fix the hole but to no avail.

He then brought it to the attention of Klang member of Parliament Charles Santiago, who wrote a letter to TM on May 31 and called numerous times to follow up.

“They are endangering the lives of people. TM is a big firm and they should be a responsible and good corporate citizen,” said Santiago.

He said during a press conference in his office on Wednesday that TM will have 10 days to fix the hole or a police report will be lodged.

If the hole is still not fixed after that, he will take the case to the small claims court for further action.

Meanwhile, when contacted, TM Klang told the Selangor Times that the hole was recorded to have been fixed.

“I was told by my staff it’s already fixed. There must have been a misunderstanding and we will fix it immediately,” said TM Klang’s technical assistant Nor Halim.


 Selangor Times



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