KUALA TERENGGANU (The Star) : Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said has ordered an immediate inspection of newly completed buildings following Tuesday’s roof collapse of the roof of the Gong Badak Stadium.
He said the checks would focus on detecting structural defects, cracks and shoddy workmanship. Some of the new buildings are the indoor stadium, Sultan Mahmud Airport and swimming complex.
He said he himself noticed defects on the roof of the year-old Sultan Mahmud Airport. He said the state would appoint independent consultants to carry out the checks.
On Tuesday, the roof of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Gong Badak, which was completed in June last year, collapsed at 8am.
The incident came only one year after the stadium’s completion which cost RM300mil.
Authorities are investigating if the contractors had rushed to complete the stadium ahead of the Malaysia Games in June last year.
Meanwhile, Raja Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Shah of Senibahri Arkitek, the principal architect of the stadium, said he would comment on the collapsed roof in a few days time.
“I can’t say anything now as I do not have the full facts,” he said when contacted via SMS in Medinah where he is performing the umrah.
Raja Kamarul Baharin said he would return to the country on June 10.