What is happening?
Not too long ago (in June 09) , we have the collapse of a stadium
I have written a post on this collapse ( “fall roof and pothole syndrome” ) and I have said this: ‘be careful when you step into a new public building, and be prepared to run the race of your life if you see any cracks appearing before you’.
Now, another disaster has happened. A suspension bridge, newly built, collapsed resulting in the death of 1 student and another 2 are still missing.
Apparently, one side of the support was pulled out together with the concrete foundation , just like a weed pulled out from a grass field. But this is no weed. This is a suspension bridge made of metal on a concrete foundation. How could this ever happen?
Take an example. This bridge in China is already many hundred years old. It is still as solid and as safe as before..
The bridge builders now have access to modern technology, modern design, modern science and modern tools to make safe bridges, and yet they cannot even made a bridge that is safe for students to cross.
So something is very wrong. Very very wrong somewhere. We do not even need the AUditor General to report .
We can safely conclude that there is definitely negligence somewhere or ‘corner-cutting’ for this 1 bridge to collapse. And because of this negligence/corner-cutting , lives are lost.
Imagine, if you are the parents and friends of these parents, what would you feel? Probably blaming themselves for sending the children to the so-called 1Malaysia camp. To these children and parents , it might as well be a death camp..Sorry, I am using harsh words, but I am very upset to see innocent lives being lost, because of ‘ tidak apa’ attidtude or ‘greed’.
I hope that a thorough investigation can be carried out. Not only that , a new system of awarding contract and supervision must be put in place, a system that ensures that good practice are being put in place and follows strict guidelines in constructions and buildings.
Over all, we need to urgently do away with the ‘rot’ culture, and bring back some semblance of excellence fast.
recommended reading: Manhole syndrome