KUANTAN – Kompleks Teruntum, which had to be closed yesterday after a concrete wall collapsed following a ruptured water tank, can reopen for business tomorrow.
Pahang Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Abdul Wahab Mat Yassin said the approval was given subjected to certain conditions to ensure public safety.
“The building’s management has to clear the rubble in the parking area. We have conducted an inspection with the cooperation of the Public Works Department (PWD).
“We hope the building’s management will follow the guidelines for the sake of those doing business here,” he told reporters after accompanying the Regent of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah ltan Ahmad Shah to visit the building, here today.
Meanwhile, Kompleks Teruntum Building Management manager Mohd Zaid Harun said they agreed with the conditions and would begin the clean up the rubble by this afternoon.
“We have been directed to close all entrances at the back of the building. Premises in front including the banks can operate tomorrow. ”Only the main entrance will be opened.”
Mohd Zaid said there were 60 business lots in the commercial complex which opened in January 1980 and only 60 percent were occupied by traders.
Meanwhile, Pahang PWD director Datuk Abdul Jalil Mohamed urged the Kompleks Teruntum building management to carry out maintenance work as soon as possible to prevent a similar incident.
He said the Pahang State Development Corporation (PKNP) has to demolish the entire wall and appoint a contractor to repair the tank with capacity of 36,000 gallons.
“The reconstruction work and the size of the wall to be demolished will depend on the result of the investigation being carried out by PKNP,” he told reporters, here today. – BERNAMA