Azmin: Report on cracks found at Taman Keramat Permai Flats ready by May 2


Azmin (left) looking at some one of the cracks that appeared on the Taman Keramat Permai Flats. – Bernama

AMPANG JAYA: The full report over the cracks found in an apartment block of the Taman Keramat Permai Flats will be completed by May 2, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

The Gombak MP said investigations to ascertain the cause of the cracks are still ongoing.

"Investigations will continue until May 1 (Wednesday) and we expect that on Thursday (May 2), the relevant agencies and departments will compile their findings and present them to the state government for the next course of action.

"If the findings are that the building structure is safe to be inhabited, we expect that the residents can move back to their homes before Ramadan," he said after visiting the flats on Monday (April 29).

He said improvement works to the building would still take place even if the structure was considered safe, which would be borne by the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).

However, he said if the findings were not favourable, further discussions would be held with the state government and PKNS.

Azmin added that various tests have been conducted and no significant movement of the 28-year-old building nor the ground was detected over the past three days.

Dr Zulhkiple A. Bakar, the executive director of building consultancy company ZNA, said they suspected that the lower staircase could be lacking in support, which led to the cracks which started from the top.

The company, appointed by Institut Kerja Raya Malaysia (IKRAM) under PKNS, is investigating the cause of the cracks with computer simulation.

Also present at the press conference was Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

The Fire and Rescue Department found large cracks on Block F on Friday (April 26) after residents called the authorities for help.

A total of 222 occupants were forced to evacuate their homes here after 10 large cracks were found on the building.


   

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