'Wall collapse due to overload'

'Wall collapse due to overload'

JITRA - Excessive loading has been cited as a reason for the collapse of the wall of an illegal mall here.

According to Kedah Housing and Local Government, Water Supply and Water Resources Committee chairman Badrul Hisham Hashim, an initial probe revealed that the building structure could not support the renovations made when it was illegally converted to a mall.

"The building was meant as a storage facility but was not strong enough to support subsequent renovations when the developer turned it into a mall," he said at the site of the incident at the Darulaman Industry Area here.

Badrul Hisham said the mall has no Certificate of Fitness and the Kubang Pasu Municipal Council (MDKP) was investigating the developer for misusing the building-planning permit approved for a storage facility.

He said MDPK only realised that the developer had misused the building permit when a signboard for the shopping mall was put up several months ago.

At 8.45am on Tuesday, two Cmart workers escaped unhurt when the concrete wall, ceiling and roof collapsed while they were on a routine inspection an hour before the mall opened.

"MDPK has started action against the developer, and we have sealed the building and three blocks of single-storey shop lots in front of the building owned by the same developer," he said.

"Tenants will need to discuss with the developer as they have agreements with the developer to rent the shop lots," he said.

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