Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Jalan Perak.
I was trying to get the building manager of my apartment to draw up a Contingency Plan for Fire and Emergencies and to remove all obstacles that may prevent unfettered access of fire engines into the premises. Alone, I was a solitary voice crying out for help and achieved little. Mack saw that I needed help and roared loud on my behalf. Mack has elevated this crusade into getting the people concerned to come out with a systematic building evacuation plan for the mobility impaired living in high-rise dwellings nationwide. His banner campaign has beyond doubt reached a wide spectrum of people from all over Malaysia. He has also met with people from the media with the hope of getting them to draw attention to this cause. Unfortunately, editorial policies dictated otherwise.
Nevertheless, many bloggers have come out in support of this banner campaign. To all of you who have adopted the banner campaign in your blogs, I would like to thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart. This means a lot to me because I have not met many of you but you were concerned enough for my well-being and the safety of thousands of others who are in the same predicament as mine to allow Mack and me to use your blogs to shout even louder. God bless you all.
Raja Munir Shah, despite his busy schedule, took the time to highlight my predicament to the Political Secretary to the Chief Minister of Penang. With his effort, a meeting has been set up with the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang this coming Monday. He has invited all high-rise dwellers to join us. We are certain that many residential high-rise buildings are currently facing similar problems as mine, especially regarding indiscriminate parking of vehicles and other obstructions that may hamper rescue efforts. I hope this meeting will be the first step towards the objective of getting a full-fledged evacuation plan implemented nationwide.
If there is anything that I learnt from all this is that I now know that there are more kindhearted people out there than I realised. They are ever willing to lend a helping hand whenever there is a need. Mack Zulkifli and Raja Munir Shah are glowing examples of such altruism. All I needed to do was holler and they came to assist unconditionally in any way they could. This has proven that Malaysia indeed has a community of caring people. Collectively, both of them and all the bloggers who adopted the banner campaign have made my voice louder and the silent voices heard. I can never thank you all enough. The road ahead is still long. Lets persevere till the realisation of the systematic evacuation plan. That I am absolutely certain will save lives when the need arises.
Building Manager from Hell