Sleepless nights as cracks reappear at Taman Keramat Permai flats

KUALA LUMPUR– Just seven months after their first ordeal, 222 residents of the Blok F Taman Keramat Permai flats are once again living in fear after cracks on the structure of the building reappeared for the second time this year.

The fresh cracks started appearing several days ago, and the residents have been having sleepless nights since.

Resident, Aripin Enbong, 62, said this was the second incident this year, after the one in April, which forced the evacuation of more than 200 residents.

He claimed the cracks from the first incident were only patched with cement.

The contractors appointed by the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) patched the cracks with only cement.

Following that, the cracks started appearing again in the last two months, and there was an incident where loose debris fell on a child, but luckily there were no injuries, he told Bernama when met at the flat grounds here today.

Meanwhile, a Selangor Fire and Rescue Department spokesman, when contacted, said the department received a distress call at 11.20am today, after which six personnel from the Ampang fire station were sent over.

“They found cracks along the corridors right from the first to the fifth floors.

The residents were then instructed to move out to safer areas as a precautionary measure, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Selangor Disaster Management Unit head Ahmad Fairuz Mohd Yusuf, when contacted, said safety consultants appointed by PKNS, have confirmed that the building was safe for occupancy. He added that repair works will commence as soon as possible.

Checks by Bernama reveal that the cracks have appeared over the same spots in the first incident in April.

In that incident, residents of the four storey building had to evacuate to temporary relief centres for almost a week.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)