Thursday, May 8, 2008

Leaks in the House again

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Leaks in the House again
Beh Lih Yi | May 7, 08 7:28pm
Leaks recurred at the Parliament building this afternoon - just two weeks after Works Minister Mohd Zin Mohamed's assurance that it would not happen again.

parliament house leak leakage 050508 mohd zinWater dripped from the ceiling at the Parliament lobby, near House speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia's office, this afternoon at around 5pm following a one-hour heavy rain.

The parliament sitting, which was extended from 5.30pm to 7.30pm today, was however not interrupted by the incident.

The incident came just two weeks after the minister made an inspection at the Parliament House and assured the leaks - a problem which has consistently plagued the 47-year-old building - would not recur.

parliament house leak leakage 050508 leakShortly after the leaks were detected, Mohd Zin and Public Works Department deputy director-general PN Selvanayagam paid a visit to the Parliament and inspected the roof.

According to Mohd Zin, the incident was not due to the roof leaking but the air-condition system.

'The rain water flooded the down-water pipe causing the backflow leak through the air condition duct,' the minister told reporters at the lobby.

Following the latest incident, Mohd Zin said he and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz will propose a cabinet paper for a rehabilitation of the Parliament building.

Disgraceful, says Kit Siang

Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timor) and M Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) expressed their outrage over the leaks.

Lim described it as 'disgraceful' , and Kulasegaran asked why the problem continued to occur.

parliament house leak leakage 050508 kula lim kit siang'We have spent more than RM100 million in renovation, what has gone wrong?' the Ipoh Barat MP said, referring to a massive renovation work just three years ago.

Deputy speaker Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar also expressed his displeasure.

'I am not satisfied with this when we have spent so much (on renovation) but (the roof) still leaking, especially now that the rainy season is coming,' he told reporters at lobby.

parliament building leaks water leakage 090507 ceilingHe added that the house committee, whose new members are not named yet, will look into the problem.

The committee is tasked to deliberate and consult on issues regarding the comfort and facilities in Parliament, as well as the services enjoyed by MPs in the house.

In April 2005, the Dewan Rakyat sitting was abruptly adjourned after water poured into the chamber following a thunderstorm.

The problems continued to recur for a few times last year (file photo, left), albeit at a minor scale, despite the government said it has tackled the problem

Probable Source: Malaysiakini


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