Parts of condo under construction collapse at Taman Desa

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 14): Parts of The Address2, a condominium project under construction at Taman Desa have collapsed. This is the project that the Protect Taman Desa Coalition has protested vigorously against since 2017. The Address 2 project is being developed by Maxim Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Teams from the Seputeh, Pantai and Hang Tuah fire stations were sent to scene, with up to 50 firefighters and officers taking part in rescue operations. 

At press time, The Star reported that the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department announced in a statement that two persons were found trapped underneath the rubble, with one having been rescued.

Operations are still being carried out to rescue the other trapped victim.

The department said rescuers are having trouble rescuing the other victim owing to "the unstable nature of the building currently".

"The exact number of victims involved is still being identified. Personnel on the ground are still conducting search and rescue works with the K-9 unit," the department added.

It was earlier reported that at least four people were injured in the collapse.

A statement from Maxim acknowledged the concern of purchasers and other parties on the "giving way of The Address 2 swimming pool slab (6th floor) during concrete casting" and gave assurances that the cause of the incident is being investigated.

"We assure you that we are committed to ensuring the highest of building standard and the integrity of the development is of prime importance. We will spare no effort in ensuring that our obligations under the SPA are fulfilled fully. Please have our assurance on that," the statement said, adding that the developer will provide an update in the coming days.

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