Sales licence of Taman Desa condo project suspended after collapse

The sixth floor, where a swimming pool was being built, gave way at the condo block at Taman Desa in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said today the sales licence of the partially built condominium block in Taman Desa that collapsed yesterday will be suspended until investigations are completed.

Zuraida said the Attorney-General’s Chambers will suspend the Advertising Permit and Developer’s Licence (APDL).

The ministry will hold a meeting with the relevant bodies, including the developer, on Monday.

“My ministry, as the regulator for development project, will have the meeting with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the Construction Industry Development Board, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the developer.

“The project was supposed to finish in 54 months. There are no land issues,” she told reporters after officiating at the 2020 Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival here today.

She said the probe into the cause of the collapse will take about a month and NIOSH had been asked to speed up the process.

Maxim Holdings, the developer for the 37-storey condominium block, had stated that part of the floor for the swimming pool under construction on the 6th floor had collapsed. A stop-work order has already been issued to the contractor.

In the incident, two Bangladeshi workers were trapped under the rubble at 3.40pm.

The first victim was rescued at 5.15pm and the second at 9.40pm. Both were taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, Zuraida said she will be pushing for Malaysian architects to be given priority in local projects by the government.

“Some of them are doing well. Those working in Dubai are looking for opportunities to return home.”

She said she will raise this matter up in the Cabinet.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad as saying weak foundations or pillars, which do not meet the specifications, could possibly be the cause of the collapse.

“The building collapsed before it rained. It was not a landslide; the incident was before the rain.

“Perhaps the structure of the building itself does not follow specifications, causing it to collapse from the sixth floor to the bottom,” he said after launching the “Kempen KITA” programme at the Seri Perak Public Housing in Sentul today.

However, Khalid said thorough investigations must be carried out to find out the real cause.

Khalid also advised all developers not to use shortcuts in their construction projects. “In this matter, nobody wins. The developer should abide by all the procedures which have been set out.”