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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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