Faulty lifts at Pe­nang flats mak­ing life mis­er­able for el­derly

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of Block J of the Padang Tem­bak Peo­ple’s Hous­ing Project in Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang, are frus­trated with the faulty el­e­va­tors at their build­ing.

Checks by Ac­tion­line at the 16storey flats found that two out of three el­e­va­tors at the block have been out of or­der for months.

No­tices were pasted on the el­e­va­tors, claim­ing that re­pairs would be car­ried out soon.

Checks also found that many res­i­dents were aged 60 and above.

One res­i­dent, who de­clined to be iden­ti­fied, said the el­e­va­tors had been out of or­der for at least three months.

He said it was frus­trat­ing be­cause two out of three el­e­va­tors in the build­ing were faulty.

“The lifts usu­ally work fine here, un­like the ones at other blocks that do not func­tion.

“There have been oc­ca­sions where peo­ple were stuck in the lifts. But now, they have been to­tally shut down.

“We can only use one out of three lifts. Who knows when they will fix the other two?” said a man, in his 70s, who lives in the build­ing.

He said he of­ten had to use the sole func­tion­ing lift, then the stairs to reach his unit on the fifth floor.

“Each lift stops on cer­tain floors. To com­pound mat­ters, some peo­ple will dirty the sole work­ing lift. It can be stink­ing for many days.”


A spokesman for the Pe­nang Hous­ing Depart­ment said re­pairs on the two faulty el­e­va­tors at Block J of the Padang Tem­bak PPR had be­gun in late Septem­ber.

He as­sured res­i­dents that at least one of the two faulty el­e­va­tors would be re­opened as soon as it is fixed.

He said the depart­ment was look­ing into res­i­dents’ com­plaints and would try to expedite re­pairs.

“We are sorry for the in­con­ve­nience caused to res­i­dents.”

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