Owner denies cracks on building’s rooftop beam
GEORGE TOWN (June 24, 2013): The owner of Menara Umno has denied that there is a crack on the rooftop beam of the 21-storey building.
“There are no cracks on the beam. It is actually the patching work which was carried out on the wall of the building,” JKP Sdn Bhd CEO Datuk Adzmi Ariffin told theSun yesterday.
The crack had reportedly been detected by the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) on Friday.
The building on Macalister Road has come under scrutiny after a lightning arrestor collapsed onto the road two weeks ago, resulting in one dead, one feared dead under the rubble, and eight injured.
The MPPP had given the owner as well as the architect and consultant engineer until Thursday to furnish a report on how the collapse could
Sunday June 23, 2013 MYT 8:45:26 AM
Menara Umno may face closure
GEORGE TOWN: The owner of Menara Umno has been directed to fix a deep crack found on a rooftop beam or risk the building being closed down.
“The abnormal crack, measuring about 15cm in width and 45cm in length, was detected by Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) officers during an inspection of the building on Friday.
“We will leave it to MPPP to ascertain the seriousness of the crack. If the building is not safe, it will be closed down,” Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said at Komtar yesterday.
Lim added that the cracked beam was facing Macalister Road and the building owner JKP Sdn Bhd had put up a safety net around it.
“But the council is not satisfied with a mere safety net. It is unlikely the concrete beam will drop onto the road but it might fall within the building compound.”
Explain extraordinary design, MPPP tells owner of tower
- Susan Loone
- 6:21PM Jun 18, 2013
The Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) wants the owner of Menara Umno, JKP Sdn Bhd, to explain the building’s design philosophy, saying that the 30-metre structure that fell off is an “extraordinary design”.
The MPPP, Lim said, had issued a seven-day notice to JKP, under Section 82 of the Local Government Act 1976…
The notice also requires that the 25-metre hollow structure at the top of the building, covering the water tank, be investigated as MPPP has received complaints that it appeared to be tilting.
“There is a concrete bar and steel piece in a dangerous position that must be removed immediately,” Lim told a press conference.
“MPPP has also requested the building owner to submit a safety and stability report within seven days of the letter being issued,” he added.
‘Design may have caused winds to circle the area’
Accompanying Lim, who distributed copies of the notices to the media today, was state technical advisory panel member Lim Kok Khong.
Kok Khong said a preliminary initial probe conducted indicated that the design of the building may have caused the strong winds to circle the area as its wall could hold back the wind.
“We have requested the building owners to find out if they have considered this aspect,” he said in his briefing.
“The party involved should know best and should be given an opportunity to look at it,” added Kok Khong, a past president of the Penang Institute of Engineers.
Interestingly, the architect’s website shows that the building was designed with “wind wing-walls to direct wind to a special balconies zone that serve as pockets with ‘air-locks’ for natural ventilation”.
WHEN WILL THE UMNO BUILDING JOIN THE LEANING BUILDINGS CLUB?
Monday, February 13, 2012
THE WORLD’S LEANING TOWERS
ACCORDING TO THE SOURCE BELOW, THE UMNO BUILDING IS TILTING!
IS IT FACT, RUMOUR OR HUMOUR?
WHILE PHOTOS DON’T LIE, HOW YOU TAKE A PHOTO INFLUENCES THE RESULT. IF THE CAMERA WAS TILTED, THEN YOU GET A TILTED BUILDING.
ANYWAY, JUDGE FOR YOURSELF.
Emergency, quickly share out!!! UMNO building is tilted about 15 degrees, shocking, urged people not to close to the disaster area in order to avoid unfortunate events happen! (Translated by Bing)