Close call..

Thursday 16 Jul 2009

Stadium collapses with no loss of life days before major event

These dramatic pictures show the extent of last month's collapse of a major sporting venue in Malaysia.

The stadium, only just a year old, was scheduled to host the Public Institutions of Higher Learning games which would have seen thousands of competitors and spectators packed in the year-old sports arena. Although no lives were lost, the collapsed roof has left numerous red faces in the state. Calling it an embarrassment that had tarnished the country's image, Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor lashed out at contractors for not building a proper structure. Shaziman said the ministry would investigate the cause of the collapse and an in-house consultant would evaluate the damage. A car and three motorcycles parked outside the stadium were damaged when about 80 metres of the roof collapsed about 9.30am. Most of the debris crashed onto the grandstand of the RM292 million ringgit stadium.

The stadium had apparently been issued a temporary certificate of fitness by the Public Works Department just before the Malaysian Games last May, although none was required for a government building. He also estimated damage at RM25 million, adding that a Korean contractor was appointed to construct the roofing structure. "We don't have the details of why and how it happened but we will wait until the investigations are over," he said, adding that the stadium would be closed until repairs were completed. He also said the stadium was still under the main contractors', Bina Struktur Sdn Bhd, Emarcon Sdn Bhd and Genggam Mercu, two-year warranty.

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