Lewat petang semalam, sebuah penebat kilat sepanjang 20 meter yang terletak di atas bangunan menara itu di Jalan Macalister di sini runtuh akibat angin kencang mengakibatkan jalan rosak selain menghempap beberapa kenderaan.
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif JKP Adzmi Ariffin berkata pihaknya telah menyewa sebuah kren untuk tujuan itu dan meminta semua pihak bersabar sehingga kerja-kerja mengalih rasuk itu selesai.
Adzmi berkata bangunan 21 tingkat itu yang siap dibina pada 1997 dan dibeli daripada Amanah Capital Bhd pada 2005 itu kukuh kerana kerja penyelenggaraan dilakukan secara berkala dan menyifatkan insiden runtuhan itu sebagai bencana alam.
Bangunan itu yang menempatkan pejabat, syarikat dan kolej swasta dijadual beroperasi seperti biasa pada Isnin ini kerana bahagian yang terjejas hanyalah penebat kilat itu sahaja, katanya kepada pemberita ketika ditemui di lokasi kejadian.
Terdahulu, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng berkata kerja pembersihan akan hanya dijalankan selepas kerja mengalih rasuk itu selesai dan jalan terlibat sepanjang satu kilometer masih ditutup kepada orang awam sebagai langkah keselamatan.
Beliau turut melahirkan rasa simpati kepada mereka yang terjejas dalam kejadian ribut yang melanda 21 lokasi di seluruh negeri ini semalam.
“Kerajaan negeri akan menghulur bantuan kepada rumah terjejas akibat dipukul ribut. Beberapa batang jalan terpaksa ditutup sementara waktu kerana banyak pokok dan tiang lampu tumbang,” katanya.
Kejadian itu turut menyebabkan penduduk sekitar Datuk Keramat, Kampung Jawa, Komtar dan Jalan Anson, di sini, mengalami gangguan bekalan air kerana paip bawah tanah pecah.
Petugas Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang, Indah Water Konsortium, Majlis Perbadanan Pulau Pinang (MPPP) dan Jabatan Kerja Raya sedang memantau keadaan.-fmt
Menara UMNO Pulau Pinang milik sepenuhnya Menteri Kewangan yang diperbadankan - JKP Sdn Bhd...
JKP Sdn. Bhd. (JKPSB) telah ditubuhkan pada 12 Julai 1995 dan dimiliki sepenuhnya oleh Menteri Kewangan Diperbadankan (MKD).
JKPSB juga merupakan agensi pelaksana kepada Majlis Pembangunan Ekonomi Bumiputera Pulau Pinang yang dulunya dikenali sebagai Jawatankuasa Pemandu Penyertaan Bumiputera Pulau Pinang (JKP). Peranan JKPSB meliputi fungsinya sebagai Pemilik Tanah, Agen Pembangunan dan Pengurus Harta.
Penubuhan JKPSB adalah bertujuan untuk melaksanakan program dan projek sosio-ekonomi Majlis Pembangunan Bumiputera Pulau Pinang yang bertujuan untuk kepentingan masyarakat Bumiputera di Negeri Pulau Pinang supaya tidak tersisih dari arus pembangunan ekonomi negeri yang berkembang dengan pesat.
Penang gov't to give aid to victims of storm...
The Penang government would be giving financial assistance to the victims of the storm which wreaked havoc in several parts of the island and mainland, causing two deaths and several injured last night.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said his administration was assessing the situation and would also give aid to those whose rooftops were blown away by the strong winds.
"We feel regret and express our deepest sympathies to those affected and hope they or their families can be patient while we sort things out," Lim said at a press conference along Jalan Macalister.
"For those whose rooftops have been blown away, we urge them to lodge a police report. Our welfare department is also assessing the situation," he added.
The massive gale which started around 6.55pm tore off the antenna of the state Umno building in Jalan Macalister.
Lorry co-driver Jahir Hussain Sulaiman, 46, died after being hit by the beam, five others werenjured and several vehicles damaged.
The incident also resulted in another death of Pihak Berkuasa Air (PBA) staff Wong Tze Chow, 33 - struck by a falling tree - in a separate incident in Air Itam.
Lim said he would be chairing a meeting later today with the relevant departments, to see how the state can give assistance and return affected homes to normalcy, especially those damaged by the storm.
"What is most important and urgent is the safety and rescue efforts, and to ensure that the affected families have roofs over their heads," he stressed.
Lim noted that since this was an emergency, the state would not be calling for an open tender for contractors to work on the damaged roofs.
He added that the state would directly recall former contractors who had performed well to work on the damages.
He estimated about 260 cases of homes affected by fallen trees, and was awaiting more information on the matter.
'Be fair to Meteorological Dept'
When asked if the Meteorological Department had given early warning of the massive gale, Lim said that the incident was "totally unexpected".
"We have never seen such strong winds like this before, let’s be fair to the department," he said.
Describing it as "a normal procedure”, Lim added that the relevant departments like the Public Works and the local councils (for Penang and Seberang Perai) would be probing the incident to see if structures - such as the one on the Umno building - are safe.
"But let’s do this later, what is most foremost now is to undertake and complete safety and rescue efforts," he said.
Lim (right in photo) said he had met with the building owner and management to request their cooperation to remove the fallen beam as soon as possible.
"We believe they are doing their best. All relevant state government departments will cooperate to remove the debris so that everything will go back to normal soon.
"There are several areas - not only in Macalister Road - affected by electricity and water cuts; we are doing our best to bring the situation back to normal. Hopefully, it can be done by today," he added.
"We are aware that prolonged water cuts can lead to diseases and we are trying to prevent that from happening," Lim stressed.-malaysiakini
Compensate victims of antenna crash, UMNO told...
Penang PAS wants Umno to compensate the people injured and owners of vehicles that were damaged in the massive storm that hit George Town yesterday and caused a huge antenna to fall off the top of the Penang Umno headquarters on Jalan Macalister.
The incident caused the death of one person, injured five others, with the strong winds wrecking havoc in the other parts of Penang as well. Another person died in Air Itam, after being hit by a falling tree.
State PAS Youth secretary Afnan Taib Azimudden (right) said Umno leaders should not just be praying that no one was injured.
Afnan was referring to a Malaysiakini report last night quoting state Umno Youth chief Shaik Hussein Mydin as expressing sympathy to those affected by the incident.
Describing the incident as "a natural disaster and accident", Shaik Hussein expressed hope that no one was harmed by it.
He left it to the state Umno leadership to decide whether the party should compensate those injured.
Deputy Penang Umno chief Musa Sheikh Fadzir when contacted said he was at the scene until 2am today.
"I am now visiting the victims who were injured by the incident. I cannot comment further than this at the moment," Musa said when asked whether the state Umno would compensate the victims.
He also expressed sympathy to the family of Jahir Hussain Sulaiman, 46, who was killed by the falling antenna. Jahir was co-driver in the lorry carrying cooking gas cylinders, on which the antenna landed.
Afnan said in a statement: "We also urge the Penang Islamic Affairs Council (MAIPP), which has been renting space in the Umno building, to relocate to another place that is more safe, with more space and comfort.
"This is the time when MAIPP, the highest Islamic institution in Penang should have its own complex, without having to rent from Umno Penang, which appears to be waiting for time to collapse."
Afnan expressed regret that the incident occurred just one week after a ramp collapse at the Penang second bridge, killing one person.
He said the accident showed that the Umno building, which rents out offices to private companies, is "depleted and its safety is not guaranteed".
He urged the state Umno to immediately take appropriate steps to investigate the incident and to ensure the safety of the 21-storey building.
"The occupants should vacate their premises until everything is declared safe," Afnan suggested.
MAIPP president Salleh Man (left) said no one is currently allowed to enter the Umno building. He was also thankful that nobody one was around last night when the building was hit by strong winds.
"We hope to visit the building on Monday. It is now closed to public," Salleh said.
The state executive councillor in charge of Islamic affairs, Abdul Malik Kassim, confirmed that there had been plans to shift the MAIPP premises to another space.
"Yes, we had plans about it quite some time back," Malik said, adding that it was an ongoing effort to bring all Islamic religious departments in the state together.-malaysiakini
Gambar pasca antena menara UMNO Pulau Pinang runtuh...
Please note that part of Macalister Road is currently blocked for safety reasons.