Faulty lifts at Penang flats making life miserable for elderly
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.”