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Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 11:35:00 AM
Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 10:34:54 PM
JITRA: The side wall, parts of the roof and ceiling of a building believed to have been illegally used as a shopping mall, collapsed in an early-morning incident at the Bandar Darulaman Industrial Complex here.
Fortunately, the incident occurred at about 8.45am Tuesday, an hour before the mall opened for business.
Two maintenance workers conducting a routine inspection on the CMart Wholesale outlet escaped unhurt. No casualties were reported.
Kubang Pasu Municipal Council president Zahari Ismail revealed that the building was supposed to have been used for storage purposes only, as per its business licence, and not as a mall.
He said the complex had been ordered to close pending investigations.
“The council was in the midst of investigating the building owner for using the building as a mall, as its permit states it was only to be used for storage.
“The 30 stalls located in front of the mall were also ordered to cease operations while investigations are being conducted,” he said at the scene.
Jitra Fire Station operation chief Mohamad Darus said the fire department was ascertaining if materials used could have been a factor for the collapse.
“It was raining heavily last night,’’ he added.
One of the workers, Abdul Rohim Talib, was in the building when the collapse occurred.
“I was about to leave the apparel section when I heard a loud rumbling followed by the collapse. Luckily, no one was inside the mall at that time as it only opens at 10am,” he added.
Intra Gold Snd Bhd property manager Kim Lin Teng said the mall only started operations in July, adding that the building was vacant previously.
Click here to view a YouTube video of the collapse uploaded by user myunify2010
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