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Crane falls off 11-storey building, killing operator

Source: TheStar Apr

PETALING JAYA: A 26-year-old Johorean native was crushed to death after the crane he was operating fell from 11-storey high at a construction site near Ara Damansara on Tuesday.

It is learnt that the victim, identified as Mohd Hafadz Sanip was operating the machinery near Tower 1 of the building under construction when the crane plunged to the ground.

He was killed on the spot.

Petaling Fire and Rescue Department assistant superintendent Muhammad Zaikunor Afendi Muhd Nordin said that Mohd Hafadz had come in for work at 7.50am after finishing his previous shift at around 4am on the same morning.

“His colleague witnessed the crane plunging to the ground at around 8.50am as he was walking to the site office.

“He screamed out loud to alert others who were standing near to the falling machinery,” he said.

Another colleague contacted the police and fire and rescue department around 9am.

Police and fire-fighters arrived at the scene around 9.15am to rescue Mohd Hafadz out of the wreckage.

“He was already unconscious by the time we reached the site.

“He was pronounced dead by medical personnel that were despatched to the scene,” he added.

Muhammad Zaikunor explained that Mohd Hafadz had already started operating the machine while his other colleagues were still attending the morning briefing.

It is learnt that the crane operator had been working from 7.30am on Monday until 4am Tuesday before coming in for the ill-fated morning shift.

“We believe that he recently moved from Johor in search for additional income.

“He was only on his second week into the job,” he said.

Muhammad Zaikunor added that firefighters are working hand-in-hand with the police to identify the cause of the falling crane.

No one else was hurt in the incident.

Mohd Hafadz’s body was sent to the University Malaya Medical Center for an autopsy.

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Crane operator dies after crane falls off 11-storey building in Ara Damansara

Source: TheStar

PETALING JAYA: A crane operator died after the crane he was operating fell off an 11-storey building at Ara Damansara.

A spokesperson from the Fire and Rescue Department said the incident occurred at around 9.01am on Tuesday along Jalan PJU 1A/2.

“We dispatched a fire engine and seven firemen to the scene and they arrived at around 9.22am.

“Initial investigations show that the crane which was on the 11th storey of the building which is under construction fell to the ground floor,” said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that work was underway to extricate the body of the crane operator.

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Blood Donation Campaign, a community service project organized by VIVA Life Science will be held as follows:

Date : 21-22 March 2014 (Fri-Sat)

Time : 10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue : VIVA Life Science Sdn Bhd, D-G-03, Capital 4, Oasis Square.

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Newfields to revive abandoned project

The abandoned Platinum Damansara in Ara Damansara

Source: the Star Feb 14

PETALING JAYA: The Newfields group is set to revive the Platinum Damansara project in Ara Damansara, which has been abandoned since 2007.

A visit to the site revealed that the Petaling Jaya City Council has granted permission to 128 Ara Damansara Sdn Bhd to build a showroom and a sales office at the abandoned project site.

128 Ara Damansara has a paid-up share capital of RM1mil and is 100% owned by Newfields Land Sdn Bhd, which, in turn, is part of the Newfields group of companies, according to the Companies Commission of Malaysia.

Two individuals, Khoo Boo Tee and Seow Voon Ping, are listed as the directors of 128 Ara Damansara. Both of them are executive directors of Newfields Property Management Sdn Bhd.

Attempts to contact Khoo for comments were unsuccessful, while Seow said the company was not ready to discuss the development as yet.

It is understood that the company expects to relaunch the project by next month to market the unsold units of the project.

Platinum Damansara had been previously developed by Dataran Mantin Sdn Bhd, which is a subsidiary of Kumpulan Langkawi Resorts.

According to reports, the construction of the project started in 2004 and enjoyed strong sales, with close to 700 units being sold. It has been reported that currently, 674 affected buyers of the project are servicing their bank loans despite the project being yet to be completed.

The Newfields group is the brainchild of Seow Lun Hoo, a former banker-turned-property developer. Seow is the former president and chief executive officer of Hong Leong Credit Bhd (now known as Hong Leong Financial Group Bhd), the financial services and property arm of Hong Leong Group Malaysia.

The company has two flagship projects, namely Puchong Gateway, a 12ha commercial hub, and The Sanderson, a low-density residential development in Serdang. Both have a gross development value of about RM1bil.

The project is located within the township of Ara Damansara, which was developed by Sime Darby Bhd. When Sime Darby applied to develop Ara Damansara in 1995, the conditions were to surrender three plots of land to the state government for public use.

A primary school, a secondary school and a recreation centre were supposed to have been built on the parcels of land.

However, the land earmarked for the secondary school was sold and converted for commercial and residential development, which is now the abandoned Platinum Damansara.

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FREE COFFEE to ARA DAMANSARA residents by SF Coffee!

Fantastic deal by San Francisco Coffee offered to us!

Terms and Conditions of the promotion as follows:
  • A member of the community just needs to provide the Free Coffee Printout to redeem a complimentary 8oz Coffee-of-the-Day.
  • If they wish to have another drink of their choice, they just need to top up the price difference.
  • This offer is only valid at Oasis Ara Damansara outlet
  • This offer is only valid for dine-in or takeaway. Not valid for deliveries.
  • This offer is not valid in conjunction with other offers and/or discounts.
  • One free drink per customer, per visit.
  • Valid until 31 March 2014
Promotion starts today until 31st March 2014. After that, you can still benefit 15% discount until 30th June 2014!

Free San Francisco Coffee @ Oasis Ara Damansara

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Fireworks part of festive fun for Ara Damansara folk

The fireworks display that lit up the night sky over the playground at the Alissia and Atilia neighbourhood in Ara Damansara during the Chinese New Year celebration.

Source: the Star Feb 14

RESIDENTS from the Alissia and Atilia neighbourhoods in Ara Damansara celebrated Chinese New Year with good food, fireworks, a lion dance performance and clowns last Sunday.

The event was held at the playground of the housing estate with more than 500 residents attending.

A highlight for the children was the chance to ride on a superbike.

Dinner featured local delicacies such as satay as well as spaghetti, black pepper lamb and fried prawns.

After dinner, everyone gathered to watch a 25-minute fireworks display.

Residents Association head Theodore Tan was pleased with the turnout.

“Our community is close-knit and 75% of residents are members.

“We also hold celebrations for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali and Christmas,’’ said Tan, who added this was the seventh year they have organised the Chinese New Year gathering.

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Dataran Ara D’sara traders fed up with constant delay on wall repairs

Source: the Star Jan 23

THIS Feb 19 will be a year since the collapse of the retention wall along Sungai Kayu Ara, near Dataran Ara Damansara’s commercial area in Petaling Jaya. However, the repair works are far from complete and business owners in the area are upset over the constant delay in the repair works.

During a recent visit, StarMetro found construction work being carried out at the site, with construction material stacked at Jalan PJU 1/20D, and lorries were seen transporting soil for slope strengthening works. The business owners said Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) must ensure there was no more delay.

An early childhood learning centre operator B. Sheela, said repair works were halted in November and December last year.

“The repair works should have been completed by mid-last year but we are not sure why it has been delayed,” she said.
Business owner Steven Loh said the repair works were not consistent and slow, thus disrupting his business.

“I have no walk-in-customers since the collapse last year and I rely on regulars for business. In fact, a hair salon next door has closed down after the incident,” said Loh.

He said some of the business owners had lodged complaints with MBPJ over the delay, but had not received any response.

“A board at the construction site stated that works would be completed on Oct 14, 2013 but until now, it is not finished,” said Loh.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said she was disappointed over the delay in the repair works.

“I have asked the Engineering Department director to give me a report on the delay,” she said.

Meanwhile, a source told StarMetro that the main contractor had sub-let the repair works to another contractor. However, because of a delay in payment, the works had been delayed. When asked, Alinah said she would look into this allegation.

In a StarMetro report last year, it was stated that a retention wall collapsed along Sungai Kayu Ara, near Dataran Ara Damansara, a commercial area, causing a portion of the road to cave-in. The incident led to a 30m stretch of Jalan PJU 1/20D collapsing, with cracks widening fast on the road beside Restaurant Da Feng Sho.

The restaurant is about three metres away from the riverbank. No injuries were reported and the state government allocated funds for the repair works. In the report, MBPJ public relations officer Zainun Zakaria was quoted as saying that there might be a slight delay in the repair works as the allocation of funds was slow.

However, Zainun had said part of the work had been completed, such as soil placement and sheet piling of the affected area.

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Happy Chinese New Year

We wish our Chinese neighbours and friends Gong Xi Fa Cai and may the year of the green horse brings more greenery to our neighbourhood.

May you have a wonderful time with your friends and relatives sharing funny stories of the Malaysian scene.

Be patient on the road and drive safely.

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Light at the end of the tunnel?

This eye-sore has been around for a number of years. It is a failed housing project affecting several hundred owners. There have been attempts to revive it but the complexity of the situation makes it difficult to come to an agreement. So it has remained to the present day as an eye-sore in this beautiful township.

If you are not awared, there are plots of land in this township which do not belong to the main developer. Some of them have been carved out to other owners. This is really unfortunate and sad for the residents because that loss of control means central planning is jeopardised and even compromised. That’s why we see many high rise projects sprouting here and there. This failed high rise project happens to be the first during the infancy of this township.

Here is the good news! It looks like a settlement has been reached and the project is being revived.

This is certainly good news to the unfortunate owners who can now look forward to their dream homes. Yes it was a nightmare for them and they have suffered enough from unnecessary stress and the agony of not knowing how long they have to wait to see a return to their investments.

Now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Soon, hopefully, they will finally get to move into their dream homes or get back their hard-earned money.

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Another snatch incident!

This bag was found at a grass patch along 1A/1. Its contents was emptied and strewn around it. It is obvious it’s the work of snatch thieves on wheels.

The strap was torn from one side and looking at the width of the strap, the force had to be strong. I hope the guy is not seriously hurt.

An ID card was also found with the name of Joey Wong.

He may be a resident here or maybe not.

If anyone knows him, please ask him to come forward to collect the bag.

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