|The fire and rescue department under Ong Ka Ting’s ministry is once again proven inefficient. The fire that killed 5 in a family in Kg Cempaka recently could have been avoided if Ong’s department was efficient. I have done an investigation and found that the fire brigade did not show up after the villagers have called several times. The villagers have no chice but to drive to the fire stations nearby to bring the fire brigade to the scene.If the department was efficient, it should take only 5 minutes because from SS2/Damansara to Kg Cempaka in the middle of midnight is really not far at all. One of the local MCA chaps claimed that the department took some 25 minutes “only” to arrive at the scene. Others witnesses said the department only show up after some 45 minutes after the call.
And to make things worse, the hydrants nearby were found to be “useless” as the water pressure was too low according to a policeman I know. He was there early to try to help.Witnesses told me that Ibrahim and Amin were the only two who really tried to help to put off the fire although they were other police personnels around.
This is not the first time that the hydrants in Kg Cempaka were found to be lacking. The fire that burnt down some ten houses more than a year ago also partly due to poor hydrants. It was wrong for the PJ Utara MP to claim that the hydrants were in good conditions. She was lying through her teeth to defend her boss’ department.
DAP has decided to lodge an official complaint to Ong’s ministry next week.
DAP PJ Action Team donated some RM300 to the three affected families last night.
Guang Ming Daily has the story…
updated:2007-03-11 12:39:28 MYT