Scrutinise developer, say officials of stadium roof frames collapse
PETALING JAYA, June 22 — Sports officials view the roof frames collapse mishap at the National Velodrome in Nilai on Saturday as a reminder that authorities need to pay more attention to contractors’ work.
The Public Works Department (PWD) is investigating the incident which happened at a venue for next year’s SEA Games cycling event.
Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Monday confirmed the incident and said there would be a delay in construction work, but it would not affect preparations for the games.
Singapore SEA Games 2015 chef de mission (CDM) Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said: “We will host the SEA Games next year and we cannot afford to have such potentially dangerous incidents happening as it could tarnish the country’s image.
“It serves as a strong reminder to the authorities, who need to pay more attention to the contractors especially with regards to the structural integrity of the buildings and structures.”
Former national athlete Marina Chin, who is CDM for the 2017 games, did not want to comment on the incident as she said her job was to get the athletes ready for the games.
But Sports Commissioner Datuk Zaiton Othman echoed Norza’s views by saying it was lucky the incident did not happen during a major sporting event.
“It’s a blessing in a way because if it had happened during the SEA Games, then it would have been a bigger disaster,” she said.”
Zaiton suspected construction of the buildings must have been poor and below acceptable standards, and said the contractor should be punished and blacklisted.
“Such an incident shouldn’t happen in the first place,” said Zaiton, who used to be known as the “Iron Lady” of Malaysian sports.
Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar played down the incident.
“This kind of incident happens to other buildings that are under construction as well,” he said.
“But it’s important the authorities ensure every aspect and detail of the building is thoroughly inspected before it opens.”
No injuries or fatalities were reported during the incident.
The velodrome, costing RM80 million, is expected to be completed just before the 2017 SEA Games in August.