Jaya supermarket at Section 14, PJ collapsed on 28th May 2009
It's a 1st in Terengganu, possibly a 1st in Malaysia, maybe 1st in Asia ! It's a new Terengganu's RM 300M tourist attraction. No, it's not the Taman Tamadun Islam nor is it Pulau Duyong monsoon cup...it's the new, spanking, sparkling collapsed roof of Stadium in Kuala Terengganu.
- 2 collapse, 2 different places. One in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 1 in Kuala Terengganu. Some will say, "So what?" some will say will say "Oh, no, not again" whilst the remaining few will say "There goes BN's chance in GE 13"
- Barely a week after part of Jaya supermarket collapsed on 28th May 2009 killing 7 workers, the roof of a stadium in Kuala Terengganu collapse on 2nd June 2009. Fortunately, no one is injured.
- Whilst Jaya supermarket, built 30 years ago, collapsed whilst under demolition exercise, the roof in the stadium was just completed and used barely a year ago.
- I am avoiding political waters here. If readers want to read it politically, pls go to WJ Khairy, Al banjari.
- What I will be raising is the construction standards of our present contractors, as compared to those of 30 years ago.
- With all the advance in technology, it keeps us wondering, has our construction industry degenerate that much? What has our watch dogs like CIDB doing? What about those PKK license? Is it just a "toll" collection agency for construction players? What about master builders?
- When we constructed twin towers, KLIA, Putrajaya and start exporting our "expertise" oversea to faraway places like Mecca, Dubai, Jeddah, China, are we so "skilled workers " drained that we can't even take care of our own backyard?
- We may be behind USA and western nations in terms of building demolition, but what about our construction? Why did the roof failed after 1 year? Is it under warranty? Do we have the warranty letter? Do we have the guarantee letter?
- Have JKR issued the necessary certification?
- The roof collapse is a national disgrace. Shaziman should be asking for answers now and not passing the buck to MACC. Check on the design calculation, check on the design parameters. Heck ! the design parameters may be tailor made for Africa. Did the designers take into accounts our prevailing monsoon winds? Did they take into account that the stadium is a stone's throw away from the sea?
- It is fortunate that the roof did not collapse when the local universities sports meet are held.
- This is a RM 300M catastrophe. What else is coming our way?
- Shaziman should go for the Consultants, the contractors and the suppliers. This is where we see whether Shaziman can perform or not. This is, after all, under his purview...so let's make it his KPI as well.