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KUALA TERENGGANU (NST): The three consultants of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium project — Protech Consultant, MA Consult and AZN Engineers — have denied involvement in the structural design or construction of the roof which collapsed on Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson for Protech Consultant said the involvement of the three consultant engineering firms, hired by the state government’s Consultant Appointment Committee, was strictly in the civil and structural works of the main stadium structure.

“The construction of the stadium roof was not in the original contract as it was a separate ‘design and build’ project, vetted by the state government’s Tender Committee and approved by the Public Works Department.

“It was a specialised job and efforts must have been made by the Tender Committee to make sure the successful applicants were competent to handle the work.”

He said various trips were made by the committee to South Korea to visit the facilities and factories there in order to be satisfied with its choice of a South Korean company.
“This was in addition to the study trips to Greece and the United Kingdom to make sure that the stadium was at par, if not better, than the best stadiums in the world.”

The spokesperson believed there was nothing wrong with the design or materials used as all engineering values and calculations had to be verified.

“The design is sound. During the monsoon season, the roof did not get blown off by the strong winds. That showed it had passed the wind tunnel or wind load test.

“I believe, on paper, the roof structure was safe. Even before the proposal design was accepted, it had to have the endorsement of an independent consultant here.”

He said perhaps the problem was with the installation or the use of fabrication construction materials of dubious standard.

“The roof was a little asymmetrical from when it was first installed but some experts said it was supposed to move around a bit before settling in place.

“Another problem was during the defect-liability period. The maintenance works had to be done by the contractors and since they were in South Korea, it might have taken them a while to get here.”

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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.

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KUALA TERENGGANU (NST): If the roof of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium had collapsed today instead of yesterday, thousands of lives may have been lost.

The collapsed roof damaged several vehicles in the car park. — NST  picture by Rozainah Zakaria
The collapsed roof damaged several vehicles in the car park. — NST picture by Rozainah Zakaria

For the stadium 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.

“People will say that in Malaysia, not only newly constructed buildings collapse, but even ones earmarked for demolition,” he said, referring to the collapse of the Jaya Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor on Thursday, which killed seven Indonesian workers and injured two others.

“There should be no compromise when it comes to selecting the best experts for such jobs.”

Shaziman was speaking after visiting the site yesterday afternoon. Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said, state secretary Datuk Mokhtar Nong and several state executive council members.

On opposition politicians’ statements that they would lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on the matter, Shaziman said there was nothing to hide and the ministry would cooperate with the MACC.

Said said the stadium was 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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