TNB's sirens gave inadequate warning, flood victims tell court

Koh Jun Lin

Modified 30 Aug 2017, 8:22 am

The sirens that were supposed to warn Cameron Highlands residents of impending floodwaters in 2013 were inadequate, witnesses told the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today.

One witness, 54-year old domestic worker Kang Ai Moy, said the siren had sounded frequently in the past, but this did not always indicate that a flood was coming.

Responding to a question when cross-examined by Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) lawyer R Harikannan, Kang said she understood the siren to be a signal "to standby.”

Asked whether "to standby" means to prepare to evacuate, she rebutted that the siren would be sounded “whenever it likes.”

“It (the siren) sings in the day; it sings in the night; it sings whenever it likes. Why would I run?” Kang said.

She replied in the affirmative when asked whether she considered the siren to be a normal occurrence...

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