Terengganu Pakatan chief: Reopen investigation into stadium roof collapse

Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin stadium - Bernama pic

KUALA TERENGGANU: State Pakatan Harapan chief Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah is calling for fresh investigations into the collapsed roof of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin stadium.

The former Kuala Terengganu MP said reopening the case is in line with Pakatan Harapan’s practice of reopening public interest cases that have been closed before they were completed.

“This is similar to the 1MDB and SRC scandal; these cases were once closed and have now been reopened,” he said at a press conference on Thursday (July 5).

Raja Kamarul said that the roof collapsed in June 2009 and a full report about it was published in December of the same year.

It was revealed that a South Korean company had designed and built the roof at a cost of RM35mil and Raja Kamarul added that he believes that they should be held responsible.

The state Parti Amanah Negara chief also added that many questions remain unanswered even after the investigations were concluded.

“Who were the original designers and engineers of the roof and why wasn’t the South Korean company registered with the Construction Industry Development Board as required by law,” he said.

He said the way the stadium was maintained and managed also showed weak governance and a lack of accountability on the part of the engineer responsible.

Raja Kamarul said that the main cause or culprit was never made known even after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) conducted a thorough investigation into the roof’s collapse.

He urged the MACC to reopen the case in an effort to instil a more professional work culture.

“Without naming those responsible, this unfortunate incident is bound to happen again,” he said.

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