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Five cars, motorcycle damaged as part of building collapses
Published on: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
By: Jimmy Goh
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Five cars, motorcycle damaged as part of building collapses
One of the vehicles damaged.
Kota Kinabalu: Five cars and a motorcycle were damaged when a section of a shop building under renovation collapsed in Taman Mesra, here, Monday.

A Hilux and the motorcycle were badly damaged in the 11.30am incident. 

It is understood that this was the second occurrence of a similar incident in the area. The other happened last year.   

A family of five were enjoying lunch when structures suddenly collapsed.  

“We were strolling through the walkway, ready to enjoy a relaxing lunch at a nearby coffeeshop, when suddenly we were startled by loud crashing sounds,” said Fung, a teacher who was accompanied by her husband Dr Thien and their three young children.  

“We were very fortunate,” she added.

She said the consequence could have been grave if they were still on the walkway when the structures collapsed.  

Also present were State Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship Minister cum Luyang Assemblyman Datuk Phoong Jin Zhe and Mayor Datuk Noorliza Awang Alip.

Both Phoong and Noorliza indicated that they would provide assistance with insurance claims for affected property and vehicle owners.  

Phoong urged local authorities to enact a by-law specifically to address the unique challenges posed by aging structures.

“Older buildings, especially those built with beach sand, are more vulnerable to structural issues. It is crucial for us to have a by-law in place that monitors and regulates renovations and extensions to buildings that have surpassed the 20-year mark,” Phoong said.

He also stressed the importance of property owners taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of their buildings. 

He advised shop owners and property managers to conduct regular inspections on their premises to identify and address potential hazards promptly.

In addition to promoting individual responsibility, Phoong reminded property owners of the legal obligations associated with property modifications. 

He urged them to strictly adhere to existing laws when undertaking renovations or extensions, emphasising the need for a harmonious balance between development and safety.

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