It took the Management of the condo that I am staying in 4.5 years to do what they were supposed to do, finally. 4.5 years ago in November 2008, Cass and I met with a terrible accident that I thought would cause serious injuries to her and to myself. If you were already a reader of my blog back then, you would have read that Cass and I had an awful stroller accident, just a few days after we had moved into the condo.
On that fateful morning, I had strapped up Cass in our Peg Perego stroller and I was ready to bring her for a walk outside. As we were approaching a downward slope, I had to half jog down the slope. There was a drain at the landing of the slope, which was covered by those drain covers with vertical bars. As there were gaps between the bars, the wheels of the stroller got wedged inside the gap (size of gap same as that of the wheels) and before I could even stop in time, the stroller with baby Cass in it was thrown almost in the air and landed on the road. I tumbled and fell onto the hard and rough tar road too. I was injured on my hands, which had scars up until now. Though I was in numbing pain, all I could think of was to check how serious Cass was injured. I quickly and shakily unstrapped Cass from the stroller, carried her and tried to soothe a wailing 7-MO baby. Both of us were very traumatized. Thank God she only had a bloodied graze above her nose and some scratches on her forehead. I had a deep gash near my elbow, knees and palm. Up until today, I still have phobia of pushing a child in a stroller. Since that incident, I stopped using the Peg Perego stroller (which was very costly and under utilized) and eventually gave it away. Wherever I went, I carried Cass in my arms. This incident would forever be etched in my memory.
Weeks later, I spoke to the Management of the Condo to request that the drains be fully covered with drain covers without any bars and gap but they took my request lightly. Finally a few days ago, I noticed that all the drains that have residents frequently passing over them covered with stainless steel covers with no bars or gap. I think there must have been similar accidents caused by those drain covers that propelled the Management to take action, finally, after 4.5 years. That is typical Malaysian mentality. If not for loss of life and serious accidents, people just won't budge and implement preventive measures to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.