Founding no explanation for the increase in faulty HDB lifts, Nee Soon Town Council now blames renovation contractors for leaving debris that slipped through the gap between the lift door and floor.
A spokesperson for Nee Soon Town Council said that faults happened “likely due to debris or objects getting stuck in the gap separating the lift carriage and the walls.” However there is no photo evidence of the debris provided, which could easily be taken by lift maintenance technicians. However, PAP MPs of Nee Soon Town Council like Lee Bee Wah and K Shanmugam were silent on the issue.
There have been increasing speculations that the new lifts are faulty and compromised on quality because they are made in China, as compared to the older HDB units prior to the Lift Upgrading Programme had their lifts manufactured in Japan.
According to the state media, the faulty lift problems is not contained to the older flats and even the newly-built and not-fully-occupied HDB flats see faulty lifts.
There have been 2 serious accidents in a year, one where an elderly woman had her hand severed by lift doors due to malfunctioning sensors, and the other where an elderly man died after hitting his head on the floor while reversing his wheelchair out of the lift when the lift landing was uneven.
The Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong has no comment on the faulty lift issues and has instead directed the responsibility to the Building Construction Authority and HDB.