Contractors to immediately rectify damaged ceiling of Sarawak Museum complex — Abdul Karim

Picture of the damaged ceiling at the new Sarawak Museum complex marked in a red circle.

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By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, Nov 8: The contractor has accessed the damaged ceiling under the roof of the main entrance at the new Sarawak Museum complex.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said strong wind, prior to a thunderstorm that hit the city yesterday, had caused the damage.

“These extraordinary strong wind fell down big trees and damaged many properties including houses.

“I went to have a look myself of the condition in several areas and it amazes me how the big trees could have fallen (uprooted),” he told reporters after the opening of World Crafts Cities Network Forum and the 10th Biennial World Eco Fiber and Textile Forum, at the Sarawak Museum complex, here today.

Abdul Karim speaking to reporters.

The Asajaya assemblyman made reference to the fallen branches and uprooted trees at Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman in Petrajaya, near the residence of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Abdul Karim said the wind did not damage the whole roofing structure, but only the ceiling underneath the roof. The contractor had made checks on the damages to ensure there was no leaking.

On a positive note, the minister said the incident happened during the warranty period and will serve as a reminder to the contractor to ensure the quality of their works.

This could reflect poorly on the contractor, he added.

“We hope this incident would not happen again in the future, no matter how strong the wind,” he continued.

Abdul Karim said the new Sarawak Museum complex is expected to open at the end of 2020. — DayakDaily