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GEORGE TOWN (The Star): Architect Raja Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Shah, who designed the RM300mil Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Kuala Terengganu, said he had highlighted the problem regarding its roof structure many times.

Speaking out for the first time to defend his company Senibahri Arkitek, Raja Kamarul Bahrin said he had given “numerous views” on the roofing of the stadium through the Public Works Department to the specialist contractor from South Korea since early last year.

“I was saddened and shocked to learn about the roof collapse,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Raja Kamarul Bahrin said he initially did not want to comment on the incident until his return next Wednesday.

“I think I need to clear the air so that people won’t get the wrong idea about my absence. I’m in Mecca to perform the umrah,” he said.

In KUALA TERENGGANU, a special team comprising building engineers from the state PWD will conduct safety inspections on newly constructed buildings in the state including the RM123mil Sultan Mahmud Airport terminal here.

State PWD deputy director Ghazali Hashim will head the team, which will also check the Batu Burok Aquatic Complex and the Indoor stadium in Gong Badak.

In MUAR, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Razali Ibrahim said any party responsible for the collapse of the roof should be answerable to the people.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the Muar stadium yesterday, he said the ministry planned to coordinate the management and activities of all stadiums in the country, including those managed by the local authorities.

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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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