Mother honours memory of child who fell to his death at Kota Damansara low-cost flats

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 3, 2015:
The family members of a 4-year-old who died at the Kota Damansara low-cost flats paid tribute to their little boy by helping to repaint the entire floor where their flat is located.It was reported in January that Mohammad Zulhazriq Danish Bin Alden fell from the 6th floor of Block B of the People’s Housing Project (PPR) flats in Section 8 of Kota Damansara, while playing with his brother.
The boy’s mother, Nor Sahura Mohamad, said relatives and friends had persuaded the family to move out and leave behind the sad memory of the tragic incident.“No doubt, his death has left us with a feeling of utter devastation and created a void in our hearts.

“But we have come to terms with his sudden death. Part of coming to terms with that loss is the fact that we could not have possibly foreseen
it. Besides, in part, it was the result of negligence as the railings had not been properly maintained,” she told The Rakyat Post in an exclusive interview.Nor Sahura, an assistant to the Kayu Ara local councillor, is hoping to promote better communication between tenants.This, she said, would lead to a better understanding of issues affecting them on a broad level.

“There is a common perception that people who live in low-cost homes could not care less about the community they live in.“But even among low-cost flat tenants, there can be a sense of community if we put our hearts to it,” said Nor Sahura, who has four other children.Nor Sahura received help from non-governmental organisation Friends of Kota Damansara, which worked with volunteers from Agape Vision, anorganisation that reaches out to underprivileged and at-risk youths in Malaysia.

Agape Vision brought with them a team of 20 teenagers from several orphanages and charitable organisations to help with the repainting, which was done last Saturday.Tenants living on the same floor of the flats also pitched in to help.Friends of Kota Damansara representative Jeffrey Phang said Nor Sahura should be commended as she aspired to create a comfortable and safe environment at the flats.Rental for the units here are between RM124 and RM250.“We hope the effort would inspire tenants living on other floors and blocks to be enthusiastic enough to create a caring and model community,” he said, adding that they also helped to repaint the flat’s community hall.

He urged Perumahan dan Hartanah Selangor Sdn Bhd to expedite on going works to improve the railings at the flats.In 2013, 6-year-old Thinasraj Manickadass died after falling from the 14th floor of Block D of the same PPR flats.The flats have also been plagued by other problems such as broken lighting fixtures and lifts.

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