Mall rejects claims that girl fell through gap near escalator

The escalator (left), from where Nurul Emielda was said to have lost her balance and fallen, is sealed off. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali
The escalator (left), from where Nurul Emielda was said to have lost her balance and fallen, is sealed off. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 — The management of The Gardens Mall has refuted claims that a seven-year-old girl had fallen to her death through a gap next to the escalator.

In a statement, it said it conducted a check at the scene where Nurul Emielda Nadia Sallehuddin had fallen on Saturday and viewed the closed-circuit television (CCTV) recording.

“According to camera footage, Nur Emielda and her family were standing next to the escalator on the third floor at the north side of the building,” it said.

“Nurul Emielda was playing with the escalator’s handrail belt, which was moving upwards. She was lifted by the moving belt, lost her balance and fell.”

The management said a security personnel patrolling the floor rushed to the scene and was joined by other security personnel.

“The area was immediately cordoned off to allow space for the family and a by-standing medical practitioner who performed CPR on her,” it said.

The management notified Brickfields police and paramedics from University Malaya Medical Centre.

The mall also said it made frequent checks to ensure its escalators complied with safety regulations.

Brickfields police chief ACP Muhammad Azlee Abdullah said police were recording statements from the parents and witnesses and reviewing the CCTV recording.

“We will only make a decision (if the parents would be investigated for negligence) once we gather all evidence,” he said.

Muhammad Azlee also rubbished reports that Nur Emielda was playing with her brother near the escalator when she fell.

He said the girl was the only child in the family.

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