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KUALA TERENGGANU: A plan to set up a state-level committee to investigate the collapse of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium roof has been shot down by the deputy prime minister.

Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had advised him that there was no need to form an investigative committee in Terengganu as the one set up at the federal level would suffice.

“So, there will be no committee on our side. As advised by the deputy prime minister, it is best that only one committee probe the matter.”

A huge portion of the space frame roofing of the stadium, which was the main venue of the Malaysia Games (Sukma) last year, collapsed on June 2.

There were no casualties.
Following the incident, the state government had planned to form a committee to probe the collapse but a similar committee was also formed by the Works Ministry.

Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said the committee were given six months to complete investigations.

Regarding speculation that two other buildings in Kuala Terengganu were facing similar problems, Ahmad said the defects were not structural.

He admitted that a small section of the Sultan Mahmud airport roof was leaking and that cracks had appeared on the ramp leading to the indoor stadium in Gong Badak.

“But these are not structural defects and pose no danger. They will be rectified soon.”

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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 (NST): Details of the space frame design of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium roof were never fully supplied to its principal architect Datuk Raja Kamarul Baharin Shah Raja Ahmad.

Raja Kamarul Baharin told the New Straits Times that although his company, Senibahri Arkitek was not responsible for the roof, he had voiced his concern to the state Public Works Department.

“Everybody could see that the frame was deformed,” he said.

A Korean contractor was responsible for the design, supply and the installation of the roof, while the rest of the stadium was designed by Senibahri.

He said it was important to obtain details of the roof structure so that engineers could determine if it was suitable.
“I feel this incident could have been avoided if the details had been furnished in full,” said Raja Kamarul Bahrain, who is in Mecca performing umrah.

Raja Kamarul Baharin said he initially did not want to comment on the matter but decided to do so after a television station aired his picture when reporting about the collapse.

This, he said, had put him in a bad light, implying that he was responsible for the debacle.

Employees of the stadium’s management board said it had been common for them to stumble upon screws, nuts and bolts months before the collapse of the roof on Tuesday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an employee said the incident did not come as too much of a surprise as they had felt something like this would happen.

Some believed the lack of maintenance — probably because of the height of the roof, estimated to be about 30m high — was one of the reasons for the collapse.

“Maintenance was supposed to be carried out by the main contractors since the stadium has yet to be handed over to the state government,” sources said.

State PWD deputy director Ghazali Hashim said the department had been appointed to investigate the incident which he estimated would take six months to complete.

Ghazali said the stadium was still under the main contractors’ warranty.

The collapsed roof caused many red faces in the state as the RM292 million state-of-the-art stadium was built only about a year ago.

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Photos of the collapsed Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium roof compiled from various sources:

1.  Bernama:

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2.  http://buletinonline.net

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3.  mampat.blogspot.com

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stadiumruntuh-mampat44. hardyweb: http://hardyw3b.wordpress.com

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5. terengganuleningblogspot

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6. Malay Mail:

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7.  NST:

RUNTUH / STADIUM SULTAN MIZAN ZAINAL ABIDIN

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KUALA TERENGGANU (NST): The State Public Works Department was told about the defects to the roof of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium a year ago.

And when nothing was done, Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said called a meeting with the PWD three weeks ago and reminded them to look into the problem.

Ahmad wanted the defects rectified as soon as possible as the end of the defect liability period was fast approaching.

“I did not want anything bad to happen. The PWD took steps to address the matter but I cannot comment why it took so long, nor why the roof collapsed,” Ahmad said.

The menteri besar said he had informed PWD to look into the defects immediately after the 12th Malaysia Games (Sukma) last May.
Ahmad said that the state government would now look for foreign experts for a second opinion into the cause of the collapse.

“This way, we can compare the findings of the foreign experts with that of the consultant hired by the PWD, to ensure the findings are consistent and ironclad.

“We will not put a time frame in selecting the foreign consultant. We do not want to carry out a rush job.

“We want a thorough report so that we will not be questioned later on. We don’t want to be embarrassed again.”

The RM292 million stadium, built last year, is now out of operation after a large section of its roof collapsed on Tuesday.

The authorities are nevertheless, counting their blessings, that the roof did not collapse yesterday as the stadium was the venue for the Malaysian Inter-Varsity Staff games.

The event would have seen some 3,000 competitors and officials taking part. As the collapse occurred above the grandstand area, several VIPs could have been seriously hurt if the games had gone on and the roof collapsed 24 hours later. The incident, however, damaged a car and four motorcycles.

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Police have cordoned off the stadium to keep out trespassers  and to prevent any untoward incidents.
Police have cordoned off the stadium to keep out trespassers and to prevent any untoward incidents.

KUALA TERENGGANU (NST): An eleventh-hour decision to use a space frame design for the roof of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium could have led to its collapse on Tuesday morning.

A source familiar with the RM292 million project said the space frame roof that came crashing down was never part of the stadium’s original design.

A decision was made at the last minute to cover the grandstand area with a space frame roofing to add a “curvy, grandeur and sophisticated” look to it.

The source said this, coupled with a looming deadline for the opening of the Malaysia Games, was a recipe for a disaster waiting to happen.

“It was done in a hurry and everyone in the engineering field knows that a space frame design is not an easy thing to build. Besides the difficulty involved, it is also a more expensive option,” the source said.
According to civil engineering terms, a space frame is constructed from interlocking struts in a geometrical pattern using steel tubes.

It draws its strength from the triangular frames that make up the truss-like rigid structure.

It is lightweight, capable of spanning large distances with few supports and can create curves to increase the visual impact.

State Public Works director Rosly Zainal said it was premature to pin the blame on the choice of structural design, although he did admit that the technology involved required careful planning and expertise.

Rosly said all this would be looked into very carefully when investigations on the incident began.

He said debris from the collapse would not be cleared until the investigations were completed adding that insurers and adjusters would also be doing their own investigations.

Rosly, however, denied that the contractors were pressured into rushing its completion for the games.

“It was on schedule, otherwise we wouldn’t have issued a temporary certificate of fitness,” he added.

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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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