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One dead, 6 trapped in Jaya supermarket collapse

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on May 28, 2009

THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

By Adib Zalkapli and Jack Ooi
PETALING JAYA, May 28 – One worker was killed and six others are still trapped when the Jaya supermarket building in Section 14, a Petaling Jaya icon being torn down for redevelopment,  collapsed today during demolition works that went awry in the busy commercial district.

Selangor Fire Department chief Soiman Jahid said his team rescued the first worker at 5.45pm, an hour after the collapse.

A second worker was rescued at 6pm and sent to the Universiti Hospital but a third worker retrieved at 6.45pm died.

There were nine workers, all Indonesians, when the building collapsed at 4.45pm.

“We are working on the assumption that everyone is still alive, so we have to be careful,” said Petaling Jaya police chief  ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed.

Police have now put a 5km security cordon around the area as ambulances rushed the injured to the nearby Universiti Hospital.

Rescue workers from the fire department are still at the scene rescuing those trapped in the rubble.

Originally called the Jaya Shopping Centre, the landmark was built in 1974 and was one of the first supermarkets in Petaling Jaya that survived the many facets of development until now.

It began with the Cold Storage chain before becoming the Giant supermarket a few years ago.

It was one of the few lifestyle centres in Petaling Jaya before the introduction of bigger shopping malls in the Klang Valley. There are several new developments across the road that have also taken up former tenants who moved out last year when it was closed down for redevelopment.

The shopping centre was involved in a controversy in the early 1990s when it built a 10-storey car park extension – four storeys higher than what the building plans approved by the then Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ).

The building has four storeys of retail units, office units and a multi-level carpark.

MORE TO COME

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