Latest update: Penang state government has decided to dismantle the Kancil car park and rebuild it with another RM6.75 million. Whether the money is from Federal or state government, the rakyats are losers.
Rosli has to be axed from PSDC, his resignation from PSDC consultancy Sdn Bhd is still not good enough under CAT. Lim Guan Eng as PSDC chairman also has to be held responsible for this blunder.
The architect responsible for the blunder, some more graduated from UK. Those people believe foreign graduates are always smarter better think again.
The poor quality of this report is reflecting the true standard of local professional bodies like IEM, MAA, etc.
YB Lim, I am openly questioning the credibility of this expert panel on this kancil car park probe.
This is the main reason I refused to join IEM, instead I prefer to be certified by American professional bodies like ASQ.
The special inquiry committee appointed by Penang CM, LGE did not act professionally in the findings.
The Penang State Inquiry Board, comprising Penang chairman of the Malaysian Architects Association Lawrence Lim and Institute of Engineers Malaysia (northern branch) former chairman Lim Kok Khong, was headed by Prof Omar Munir from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar).
Below reportage is taken from Kwong Wah Daily.
If the structure of building is sound, then why they recommend to demolish it? It sounds fishy to me.
What study or experiment has been conducted by the expert panel to prove the structure is safe?
Safety factor used in the civil engineering is not 1.5 as in the Kancil car park, only airplane design is using 1.5X for obvious reason. In the empirical civil engineering, a safety factor of 10 is normally used.
No professional engineer will accept ZERO safety allowance in any building except this expert panel appointed by YB Lim Guang Eng.
The chairman is a Dean from UTAR! Let think about the quality of UTAR graduates if their dean can come out 1.5 safety factor is acceptable.
- There are dynamic loadings or vibrations besides the normal static loading. Besides, did the civil engineer study the resonance frequency and its avoidance?
- The building is designed to last for 50 years, 1.5X safety factor for piling is definitely asking for disaster to happen.
The piling safety factor is about 1.5X according to expert panel, and they know exactly the safety is compromised, and yet they do not make the recommendation based on professionalism.
Any qualified civil engineer wanted to correct me on building safety factor allowance?
Install a few car lifts is still much cheaper than rebuild a new car park.
Those geniuses proposed to rebuild should ask themselves a question. Do they demolish their own safe house just because of a steep staircase?
Another RM 7.5 to 10 million for rebuild is not free money falling from the sky, my dear CM LGE.
Can the committee calls a public consultation and briefing session to explain on how they achieved such a contradicting conclusion?
RM5mil ‘Kancil car park’ set to go
GEORGE TOWN (Nov 15, 2011): The newly built RM5 million car park at the foot of Penang Hill is set to be demolished, and a new one built in its place, as the state government is likely to accept the recommendation of the inquiry board it appointed to invesitage the controversial complex.
The car park, dubbed the ‘Kancil car park’, for its steep ramps and low ceilings, became a flash point for critics after the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) refused to grant it an occupational certificate as the building failed to comply with its requirements.
Without the certificate, the car park cannot be opened to the public. The state government set up the inquiry board in September to investigate the poorly-designed complex.
Apart from demolishing the car park and constructing a new one with more parking lots, the board chaired by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) construction department head Prof Omar Munir held that the architect and the superintendent of the project are responsible for the weaknesses in the design and tender stage respectively.
The board also recommended that the replacement building costing RM7.5 million will have six storeys, two more than the problematic four-storey car park.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng told reporters today that the state executive council is expected to endorse the board recommendation at at its meeting on Friday.
“It will be pointless to dismiss the recommendations since the board was set up to recommend solutions to rectify the problems,” Lim said.
“Further action will also be decided then,” he said on possible disciplinary and legal action to be taken against those responsible.
Meanwhile, Institution of Engineers Malaysia (northern chapter) immediate past chairman Lim Kok Khong said the cost of each parking lot in the new car park would cost only RM25,000, compared to RM39,000 per lot if the existing building is to be modified.
He said a new eight-storey car park with 400 parking lots could also be built with each lot costing RM25,000.
He also dismissed reports that the stability of the building is a concern, saying that engineering firm Kumpulan Ikram Sdn Bhd’s report and visual inspection revealed no structural problem in the building.