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Saturday, November 5, 2011

A-G: Langkawi auditorium roof poorly constructed

PETALING JAYA: The roof of a newly constructed auditorium in Langkawi was found to be leaking and was not constructed according to specifications.
According to the Auditor-General’s Report, the contractor used wood for the roof structure instead of steel as specified by the Langkawi Development Authority (Lada).
In Feb 2005, Lada approved RM4.5mil under the Ninth Malaysia Plan for the construction of the additional building as an auditorium that serves as a theatre for cultural performances and a silat teachers’ house to increase the attractiveness of Kota Mahsuri complexes.

“Auditors’ visits found the auditorium roof trusses were slanting to the right and might not be able to withstand the weight of the roof,” the report said.
No comprehensive soil investigation was done to identify the suitability of the land before the auditorium and silat teachers’ house design was drawn up, the report said.
“This causes high water retention in the auditoriums’ orchestra pit,” it said.
In reply, the Treasury said the water retention issue had been settled using a “water proofing” method and the floor level had been raised.

“However, the 1.5m water in the pit was caused by rain water that entered through an incomplete roof and not due to the rise of underground water,” it said, adding that the Works Department, which is now in charge of the project, had been informed of the problem.

- The Star

AL :-
I urge the contractor to repair & replace the roof back at their own cost. I bet the roof or structure still have warranty. Before any catastrophic happen..

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