The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has urged the government to require developers to include additional safety measures in buildings, after a video of a young girl standing over a ledge and climbing back into her flat’s balcony went viral.
The girl appears to be staying on the building’s 10th or 11th storey and there are no details on when and where the incident occurred, reported Free Malaysia Today (FMT).
CAP President Mohideen Abdul Kader noted that many parents leave their young children at home while they went out to work.
And while the incident may be a “great escape” for the child, it could become ugly if they occur too often.
He pointed that the ease with which the little girl climbed over the railing on the balcony showed that the safety measures of the building were inadequate.
“Safety measures must be integrated into the structure of the building itself to prevent tragedies involving children staying in high-rise buildings,” he said as quoted by FMT.
This is important given that more people would be living in high-rise buildings in the future.
The authorities should understand that parents may not always monitor their children, who being naturally curious, may attempt such dangerous acts, said Mohideen.
In 2018, the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) conducted a study on safety elements in high-rise buildings in a bid to prevent accidents, after a child fell off from a flat in Kuala Lumpur and died.
“We do not know what came out of the study. However, the housing ministry needs to investigate this incident and implement effective safety measures to protect the children living in high-rise buildings,” he said.
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