[PHOTOS] A Condominium Project In Taman Desa Has Partially Collapsed
The 'Protect Taman Desa Coalition' has been protesting the project since 2017.by Alyssa J. Oon
Cover image via EdgeProp Malaysia/Facebook
An under construction condominium project in Taman Desa Coalition partially collapsed earlier today, 14 February, amidst heavy rainfall
Photos of the incident were circulated over WhatsApp, before being posted up on property website EdgeProp Malaysia's Facebook page at 4.44pm today.
Astro Awani reported that the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department confirmed the incident when contacted by the news channel.
It is believed that there are at least four construction workers injured in the incident, reported The Star.
The development has faced heavy protest since 2017 from residents of the surrounding neighbourhood
Under the 'Protect Taman Desa Coalition', a total of 78 residents from the existing condominiums Tiara Faber and Desa 1 reported the private developer of the project in question to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in December 2017.
The coalition claimed that there were irregularities linked to the project, reported Malay Mail, and wanted MACC to probe how the land - which was formerly gazetted as reserve land for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) under the Kuala Lumpur Master Plan 2020 - could be converted into use for development purposes and sold to a developer.
Residents have filed several lawsuits to suspend operations of the development, but one such application was refused by High Court judge Datuk Kamaludin Md Said on 6 February 2018.
The resident who filed the lawsuit was ordered to pay a cost of RM5,000 to the Kuala Lumpur mayor and another to the project developer, reported Malay Mail.
The high-rise development previously faced a construction mishap in 2018 as well
In January 2018, a crane at the construction site crashed into the adjacent neighbouring compound.
The arm of the crane fell onto a concrete structure inside the compound of Tiara Faber, "barely missing the cars and people underneath," coalition coordinator M Gunasekar told Malay Mail.
No casualties or injuries were reported in the incident.