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Kota Kinabalu: Barely a month after the grand opening of the RM18 million Wisma Wanita by the wife of the Prime Minister, signs are that all is not well with the building.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah’s Public Complaints Bureau Chief, Christina Liew, said she was shocked to read reports of structural defects and disintegration of wooden doors, accompanied by pictures, in the Chinese media, especially since the building is newly-completed.

She said the conditions not only gave rise to the question of quality as to whether sub-standard building materials were used but also reflected shoddy workmanship.

“This supposedly state-of-the-art building was acclaimed as the pride of women in Sabah and the first of its kind in Malaysia.

“But now that the fanfare is over, Wisma Wanita is showing its true colours. It’s incredible that cracks have appeared on concrete walls and wood material is breaking up.

“It has turned out to be a disgrace, apparently due to lack of supervision and mismanagement. Hence, the faults were not detected earlier,” she said in a statement.

In this respect, Liew urged the contractor concerned, the team of consultants who had overseen the construction and Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) to take remedial action swiftly to avert aggravation of the problem.

“I also call on MACC to investigate whether there is any element of hanky panky.

Being an expensive structure, such deterioration of building materials should not happen in the first place,” she pointed out.

Liew expressed concern that Wisma Wanita was yet another blatant case of “Ali Baba” job.

“In this particular instance, Ali profited from the contract sum while Baba was the actual contractor who could not help using poor quality materials to avoid losses in the project,” she said.

She said construction wise, history was repeating itself in Sabah as not long ago, the Federal Administrative Complex in Putrajaya and JPJ Building suffered a similar fate.

“These are typical examples of questionable works, yet the same kind of problem is recurring that leaves much to be desired.”

Source: Daily Express