Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Malaysian sports hit the roof!
It's OK, don't panic - there were no casualties.
It's OK, don't panic - the incident could have occurred during a football match or an opening ceremony witnessed by a 60,000-odd crowd but there was no such thing.
It's OK, don't panic - the authorities are investigating it.
It's OK, don't panic - no heads will roll.
It's OK, don't panic - this is nothing compared to Ibrox' 71, Heysel'85, Hillsborough'89, Bastia'92, Accra'2001 where human lives became collateral damage.
It's OK, don't panic - because disasters of this nature do occur elsewhere and they often claim innocent lives.
It's OK, don't panic - because from now onwards, all contractors, consultants, architects and civil engineers involved in a project of such nature may be encouraged to stay at the site upon completion for at least a year to show the world that the building is safe and secure!
Client/Owner: Terengganu State Government
Architecture Firm: Senibahri Arkitek
Principal Architect: Ar. Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah
Project Architect: Badrul Hisham
Main Contractor (Main stadium): Bina Structur-Genggam Mercu-Emarcon JV
Mechanical & Electrical Engineers (Main stadium): Public Works Department, Terengganu
Civil & Structural Engineers (Main stadium): AZM Engineers- MA Consult-Protech Consultant consortium
Personally I liked the design of the main stadium, which is part of the impressive Terengganu Sports Complex which was first mooted by Wan Mokhtar Ahmad's Government in 1995 with an original cost of RM200 million.
The two sweeping crescent-shaped roofs with a three-dimensional star mounted on the smaller roof were inspired by the official flag of the State. I'm not qualified to comment on the structure but I believe the authorities would go to the bottom of this.
I think many of us have lost faith in the system and for the powers-that-be to restore a semblance of the credibility they once had, the investigation must be conducted in a transparent manner and the guilty party or parties, if there were any, be severely reprimanded. The public perception as of now is that a stadium built by using a substantial amount of the rakyat's money (or maybe oil royalty money) has bitten the dust. Money down the drainage system! I'm sure most of us hit the roof upon being told of this roof debacle.