MORE PICS – RM4.5M “Malays Bolih” Collapsed – Unoccupied Perak State Parks Corp Building into Tasik Banding; – Deficient Design & Construction
Don't Point Fingers At Each Other, Says Tajol Rosli
"I don't want government officers to start pointing fingers at each other. Let the investigation proceed. Everyone was happy during the planning stage but when the building collapsed, everyone said it was not their fault. This is where the panel will have to decide. If the collapse was found to be due to irregularities, the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) would be brought in, he said at the Perak civil servants monthly gathering here today.
Members of the panel would be appointed after the Public Works Department (JKR) had briefed and advised the state government on what needed to be done, he said. Commenting on a newspaper report that the Freshwater Fish Centre (PPD) Complex at Tasik Banding might collapse, Tajol Rosli said the authorities had been asked to take remedial action. "Don't wait until the situation gets worse. To remedy now may cost a few hundred thousand ringgit but if you wait, the whole building will go. We must act quickly."
He, however, gave an assurance that the PPD building is still safe. Earlier, Perak Drainage and Irrigation Department director Abdul Razak Dahalan said the PPD building was not affected and that there were no cracks. The PPD Complex which began operation last year is a breeding centre for freshwater fish like the kelah, temoleh and lampam.
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Fishery centre at Tasik Temengor at risk
By CHAN LI LEEN and CLARA CHOOI; STAR
Tajol Rosli also clarified that the fishery centre was built on cut land while the collapsed building had been built on filled land, adding that cut land was generally more stable than filled land. Speaking to reporters after attending a Kemas convocation ceremony at Sungai Siput yesterday, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said he would instruct state Public Works Department director Datuk Wong Wai Ching to include the fishery centre in the investigation. On Tuesday, the corporation building located at the edge of Tasik Temengor came down like a house of cards. It was to be the first of a two-phase project comprising 14 rooms, an office block, a showroom and a car park.
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GRIK: Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the State Park Corporation complex that collapsed on Tuesday had been problematic from the start.
He described the complex as a project that had never been viable. "How can you spend RM4.5 million for a complex that has only 14 rooms? "I am really frustrated (with the whole project). As an accountant, I knew that it would be a problem to manage due to the limited number of rooms. You need at least 50 rooms for such a place to be economically viable." He said there were developers in
The complex was the first phase of a project funded by the Tourism Ministry which was to comprise an administrative office, a cafeteria, 14 rooms and an open car park. Two months ago, numerous cracks were detected on the structure and pillars of the complex, which was "leaning". Initially, part of the complex collapsed last Saturday, and this is believed to have further weakened its foundation. Meanwhile, state Drainage and Irrigation Department director Abdul Razak Dahlan said the department would carry out a study on the water level of the Temenggor lake. "There have been two or three cases of landslides and soil erosion in areas surrounding the lake and we want to see whether these were caused by the lake's water level," he explained.
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ABOVE: The completed but unsafe building & BELOW: The final shame after collapse
The collapse of the unoccupied but 2004 completed building waiting to collapse. It was left vacant and idle because it was not given a certificate of worthiness as it was not built “according to specifications” and was too dangerous to occupy. Initial PWD findings indicate it was deficient in “design & construction”. This case is not unsimilar to MMR2 fiasco except that it was beyond repairs. Another good example of “Malays bolih” concept that failed for greed & incompetence?. Awarded the tender free turnkey project worth RM5M, funded by Government through Tourism Ministry, with Malay Consultant & Contractor under one roof - they would want to make RM2million out of the RM5 million contract. So what is left for the sub-cons are perhaps bare minimum. Why was Samy Vellu in a state of shock even though this building was not under his purview? Would he now say obviously, it was “not built by God” and humans are involved and they are not perfect as he said about some MMR2 problems?
Isn’t this another example of shoddy work of sub-cons to make some money from the low sub-contract price? Not to specifications can mean so many things - short piling to required depth and insufficient foundation size? Incorrect cement mix - more sand and concrete with insufficient cement? Poor design can have many connotations – reduced cross section sizes to save material & thus the cost. Insufficient design could be lack of geo-technical studies of the hill slopes and soil conditions. It would be another investigation and a waste of taxpayers’ money of was it justified “tourists’ money” and the usual excuses. Why was there no monitoring of this project right from the start? Another one-eye closed?And now there is this familiar Samy Velu’s reference excuse “Unusual climatic changes –global warming” as now used by the
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The investigation team is led by its director, Datuk Wong Wai Ching.
ABOVE: More concrete rubble and BELOW: It went right to the edge of the water in the lake
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Samy shocked, wants answers
It was completed in 2004 but had yet to be occupied. The collapsed structure – the first of a two-phase project under the Perak State Park Corporation – consisted of 14 rooms, an office block, a showroom to sell orang asli goods, and a car park. Completed in 2004, it was built at a cost of RM4.5mil with an allocation from the Tourism Ministry. The second phase consists of 26 more rooms at the same site; the project costing RM5mil is also funded by the Tourism Ministry. Samy Vellu said the project was not under Public Works Department (PWD) supervision, but since PWD is the technical arm of the Government, he has ordered the Perak PWD to conduct an investigation. Perak PWD director Datuk Wong Wai Ching, who is leading the investigation team, said the probe would cover various aspects, including a landslide, which apparently occurred behind the collapsed building. “I have directed Wong to submit the report to me so that I can brief the Cabinet and the Perak Government,” said Samy Vellu.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli (ABOVE) Ghazali said the Perak State Park Corporation informed the state government about two to three weeks ago that the building was unstable, after which the PWD was called in. The problem happened over time.
The corporation and PWD had tried to stabilise the soil to prevent the building from collapsing. It began to tilt two to three weeks ago,” he said. Declining to reveal the name of the consultant and contractor, Tajol Rosli said the PWD’s initial findings pointed to a deficiency in design and construction. On the authority that was supposed to monitor the project, Tajol Rosli said: “We will study the details of the contract and see who should be monitoring the project.” Tajol Rosli said the state government would appoint a professional body to determine the cause of the collapse. Perak Anti-Corruption Agency director Samsiah Abu Bakar said the ACA would also investigate the matter.
The collapsed building was to provide facilities for researchers going into the
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Boat operator among the first to notice signs of troubleGERIK: On Saturday when boat operator Khairul Izwan (ABOVE) Dahalan was ferrying a group of visitors to their destination, he noticed that the observation tower near the two-storey building on a hill slope at the edge of Tasik Banding had collapsed. “I thought some work was in progress so I did not give it much thought,” he said. Two days before that, the 22-year-old boatman also noticed cracks in the slope fronting the building. On Tuesday, when the building came down at , he was having tea at the public jetty about 1km away. Khairul: Saw cracks in the slope fronting the building several days before the collapse of the building. saw a huge plume of dust rising from the spot, and heard a loud noise,” he said yesterday.
He and his friends checked out the source and found that the two-storey building had crumbled. Temenggor state assemblyman Datuk Hasbullah Osman, who visited the site yesterday, was barred from entering the area by three orang asli on guard duty. He told pressmen that the building was completed in 2004, and “I thank God that the place has yet to be occupied.” Viewing the incident as a natural calamity, he said: “Climatic changes brought about by global warming is also being experienced here.”
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ABOVE:The skies over Toa Payoh were shrouded with haze
PSI reading hits 83 but NEA says not to worry
HAZY skies returned to
No special precautions are needed, said NEA, but it advises people with respiratory ailments who feel unwell to consult their doctors before undertaking vigorous exercise
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