Monday, January 24, 2011

Things I heard about Karamunsing Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Please share this information. It's for our own safety :)

From: angela yeo
Date: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Subject: Fw: : KARAMUSING SHOPPING COMPLEX - 7th 8th an 9th floor Block C Tower

Pls pass this to all your friends....better know NOW or sorry later for visiting


Subject: Fw: KARAMUSING SHOPPING COMPLEX - 7th 8th an 9th floor Block C Tower

Date: Tuesday, 18 January, 2011, 7:47 PM

Dear All,

It was reported by Ir. Benny during the last ACEM excom meeting that
there were some issues at the above captioned building/place: The
report declared the 3 floors - 7th, 8th and 9th floor, Tower Block C,
Karamunsing Shopping Complex as unsafe.

At this point in time, we do not have a copy of the report as it is
the property of the client, which is Suria Capital Sdn Bhd (SCHB). It
was reported that  SCHB had moved out to Menara Jubilee as a result of
the findings.

The user of 7th 8th and 9th floor was Suria Capital Sdn Bhd (SCHB):
There were serious vibration reported on the above mentioned 3 floors.
SCHB commissioned our fellow Engineer, Ir. Tsen Yin Fui to conduct a
structural integrity investigation.

The investigation revealed that the design was proper and adequate
except the workmanship during construction. It was reported that the
concrete strength was also adequate, however there were deflection as
much as 3" or more on all the 3 floors. Certain crucial reinforcement
were apparently not in the correct position resulting in very short
lever-arm and hence structurally inadequate. With age and the effect
of creeps, the deflection can only get worst. The 3 floors were
reported to be in a "plastic" stage, and it was declared unsafe.

We were given to understand that DBKK had issue letters to owners of
the affected property to carry out investigation on their own
properties. I have had a few words with our Vice Chairman Ir. Fung and
he reckoned that the property owners especially those who rented out
their premises will not comply as it has serious implication on the
value of their "investment" and as to who is going to pay for the
investigation and so on? This economic consideration is
understrandable, but as professionals and in a situation where the
public safety/lives is at stake, we cannot be seen to be sitting back
and doing nothing.

One obvious thing we must understand is that a sudden collapse of a
building will  result in heavy toll on the lost of lives and
properties. Subsequently, it is going to have a serious repercussion
on the engineering profession.

I suggest we should meet up fast to come up with a recommendation. I
am now in KL and be back tomorrow evening. Perhaps we can meet on


The Principal / Director
Perunding Menara Sdn Bhd

(Formerly known as Perunding Menara HAC Sdn Bhd)
C-4-3A & 5, Tanjung Aru Plaza
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah , Malaysia
T :  +60 88 262 771  | 263 771
F : +60 88 230 771
E :


Wyne @ Mouren Mauve said...

Odoi..bahaya!! The building is very old juga bah tu. My God...

Thanks for the info, Sis.

FifieJay said...

@wyne: u're welcome :)

Nina Manson said...

Heard about this issue from one of my Quantity Surveyor acquaintance. Kinda scary! Anyway, since it is not safe, we should probably stay away from there there if there is no important matter la kan?

Lorna said...

My real question is: who leaked this e-mail? As much as this is for the greater good, I'm sure Mr/Ms Lo wouldn't appreciate his staff spreading corporate info without his knowledge.

I don't work with any of these ppl, I'm not even in the construction business. But if this is to serve our community, I'm going to send CC Lo an e-mail to check its validity.

Will be quoting your post, thanks for putting this up. It's a real concern definitely, if this is true.


FifieJay said...

@nina: yeap. i'm trying to stay from there. but it's a nice place to shop for electronic stuff bah. haha

@lorna: hope that the authorities will take the appropriate action a.s.a.p

c said...

MT has the scanned reports...

Miss Cuddles said...

Fie, this issue is like since last 2 years already. Vibration. Lol. But now they got the proof so yeah, that explains everything.
Extension / renovation adds more problem to the building.
If ya go to Karamunsing and park inside, you will see some of the reinforcement bars pop up or even some cracks on the R.C beam. (They marked it red). And we don't need a letter and etc to verify everything, it's so obvious. I pity the engineers.

But the report and everything should be P & C. Not to be forwarded or sent to anyone or to be used.

My 2cents.

FifieJay said...

@cuddles gila ni QS saturang ni. nasib i work same industry with u. haha. r.c beam~ reinforcement bars~ cracks~ hihihi. yeap. should be P&C kan. x knw la.

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