Failure in meeting specifications led to stadium roof collapse

KUALA TERENGGANU: The failure by all parties appointed to build the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium (SSMZA) to adhere to specifications stated in the building contract has been cited as the reason for the collapse of its roof on June 2, last year.

Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said the investigation report on the the incident found that all parties had contributed to the collapse of the SSMZA roof.

"No single party was found to be totally responsible. Everyone is (guilty). All parties contributed to the collapse of the roof of the stadium," he said when disclosing the report on the investigation on Wednesday March 10.

According to the Investigations Committee, Ahmad said the main cause of the collapse was that the components used and work quality did not meet specifications, the design was not suitable and the roof was not constructed properly.

He said quality control was not carried out at the project site and the weak supervision during the construction process as well as the lack of skilled workers had also contributed to the collapse.

In addition, Ahmad said the shortage of experts and experienced consultants as well as the apathy of everyone involved could also be blamed for the incident.

Meanwhile, when asked whether a notice had been issued to the contractor concerned to repair the stadium, Ahmad said: "The contractor had been informed and we have issued a notice to the contractor to repair (the stadium), but (to date) there is still no reply". As there had been no response to the notice issued to the main contractor, he said the tender to clean the debris from the collapsed roof would be issued this week at the latest.
-- Bernama
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