Jem to reopen 'only when mall is risk-free'

Jem to reopen 'only when mall is risk-free'
From L-R: Mr Steve McCann, Group CEO and Managing Director of developer Lend Lease; Ms Jenny Khoo, General Manager of JEM and Mr Reggie Lim, Head of Environment, Health and Safety, Asia.

SINGAPORE - The boss of the development firm behind the Jem mall yesterday promised that it would reopen only when there is "no risk" of incidents like a burst pipe occurring again.

Get the full story from The Straits Times.

Jem may close for two to three weeks: Lianhe Wanbao《联合晚报》

SINGAPORE - Tenants at JEM mall have expressed unhappiness over the mall's indefinite closure after a first-storey ceiling at the mall collapsed, adding that they will consider moving out once their lease expires.

The collapse which happened on Wednesday night was caused by a leak in a water pipe. 

The weight of the water, which collected on the false ceiling, was a likely cause of the false ceiling collapse. Three women in their 30s were injured in the accident.

In a latest Facebook update, the management of JEM said that as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the public, retailers and staff, JEM will remain closed until further notice.

The mall said that comprehensive checks and rectification works are continuing. "We are doing everything we can to open the centre as soon as possible. We will be providing a further update by Monday," the statement said.

Lianhe Wanbao said tenants told the paper spoke they intend to seek compensation for their losses, and are "seriously considering" whether or not to extend their lease once it ends.

Said the owner of a chain restaurant, Madam Tan, 40: "We sell soups like 'Buddha Jumps Over The Wall' and have expensive ingredients in the restaurant. We were not able to move all of them out in time. We have lost a lot of money."

She said she will calculate her losses first, before seeking compensation from the mall.

Madam Tan added that the mall had run into many problems since its opening, and business has not been as good as expected, expressing disappointment at the mall's management.

"But we have already signed a three-year contract. When the time comes we will decide if we want to extend our lease," said Madam Tan.


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