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SG Netizens urge Jem not to rush reopening

Property Here - Friday, September 27, 2013

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More than a week after the collapse of a partial false ceiling at Jem, the shopping mall remains closed to the public, with rectification works well underway by the property's management. 

At the same time, many netizens have shared their views on the incident, with some of them urging the mall to carry out thorough checks to ensure that the complex is risk free.  

On Jem's official Facebook page, user Serene Tham said: “Please open only when it's 101% safe for consumers. No point rushing (the) opening (and) risk further incidents.”

Another user Daniel Ong agreed, saying: “Take your time to do a thorough check and repair,” adding that the management “needs (to exercise) diligence and (carry out) proper maintenance work”. 

On the other hand, some people can’t wait for the mall to re-open.

Sylvia Tam wrote on Facebook: “Quick! We miss going to Jem,” while user Audrey Goh said she’s hoping the mall will open this weekend.

In its latest update, Jem said: “Rectification works are progressing well (and) testing is almost complete,” but did not disclose when the mall will resume operations.

Last Friday, Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) instructed the mall’s development firm, Lend Lease, to close the premises and ordered them to “get a Professional Engineer to check all the false ceilings in the mall” and investigate what caused the collapse.

Over 240 of the mall's tenants are affected by the closure, some of whom are in talks to seek compensation, revealed media reports. 

Image: Jem's first floor false ceiling collapsed last Wednesday. (Source: Yahoo! Singapore, courtesy of Toh Ee Ming)

 

Nikki De Guzman, Junior Journalist at PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email nikki@propertyguru.com.sg