Latest roof collapse at National Squash Centre

Stagnant water below the caved-in roof of the National Squash Centre.
Stagnant water below the caved-in roof of the National Squash Centre.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 — Part of the roof of the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil collapsed on Tuesday, adding another chapter to similar cases involving stadiums and public hospitals in recent months.

The roof at the centre underwent maintenance works two years ago but the centre had yet to undergo any major refurbishment since it was opened for the Commonwealth Games in 1998.

An office was destroyed while water managed to seep through certain areas of the centre.

The flooding, however, did not damage the courts or the Squash Racquet Association of Malaysia's (SRAM) office.

The centre comes under the purview of the Malaysia Stadium Corporation (MSC).

MSC chief executive officer Ahmad Harun Helmi remained tight-lipped over the incident.   

"I have been instructed by Sports Ministry secretary-general Datuk Jamil Salleh not to give any statement," he said.

Security was tight as the guards were instructed not to allow reporters or photographers into the centre.

However, pictures of the wrecked office and flooding were circulated on the social media.

SRAM secretary Christopher Brodie said the incident had not disrupted the players' training sessions.

"We are quite fortunate as our office was spared. Even the newer courts adjacent to the affected area did not suffer any damage," he said.

SRAM was previously based at the affected area but moved out several years ago.

The office was later occupied by the Malaysian Paralympic Council.

The council moved out last year but some of its items and documents were still in the office.

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