A portion of a high-rise building under construction in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur collapsed this afternoon.

Properties and real-estate publication EdgeProp reported that the building is known as “The Address”, developed by Maxim Holdings Sdn Bhd.

The Fire and Rescue Department, meanwhile, said the building had collapsed from the sixth floor down to the first floor.

They said they found two victims trapped under the debris but have managed to extricate both.

The first is a Bangladesh man, 37, who was transferred to the Hospital Kuala Lumpur to receive treatment in the red zone (critical zone).

Meanwhile, the second victim was removed from the first level of the collapsed building.

Rescuers had initially said they had trouble reaching the second victim because the collapsed building was still unstable.

In a later statement, the Fire and Rescue Department said the rescue operation was completed at 10.26pm.

This is after they confirmed that there were no other victims trapped inside the collapsed building.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin (photo, above) had visited the site of the incident where she was briefed on the situation.

If completed, The Address will have three towers with 30-storeys each on a narrow strip of land which was once Tenaga Nasional Bhd reserve land.

Taman Desa residents had once mounted a fierce campaign against the project because the reserve land was designated as a green lung under the Kuala Lumpur Master Plan 2020.

However, their protest was not heeded and their lawsuits against Kuala Lumpur City Hall were not successful.

This is the second time a partially built condominium in Kuala Lumpur has collapsed over the past year.

On June 25 last year, “The Pinnacle” in Sri Petaling saw a similar fate with the corridor of one level giving way. MKINI

Stop work for now, Zuraida tells Taman Desa condo builder after slab falls

KUALA LUMPUR — All construction work on The Address condominium in Taman Desa must stop with immediate effect, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said tonight after a concrete slab from the building’s sixth floor collapsed earlier in the day.

Two men were trapped underneath in the debris in the 3.30pm incident but have since been extricated and sent for emergency medical treatment, several news outlets reported.

“This project will be stopped for a month pending the results of investigations by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health on the building structure,” Malay daily Harian Metro quoted Zuraida telling reporters of the construction site.

A concrete slab that was part of the building’s swimming pool structure on the sixth floor reportedly crashed at about 3.30pm today, trapping two people underneath.

The first man, whom KL Fire and Rescue Deparment chief Nordin Pauzi said in a statement was a 37-year-old Bangladeshi, was extricated at about 5.15pm and rushed to Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s “Red Zone” for critical medical treatment.

The second person was unearthed at about 9.40pm, some five hours later, according to Harian Metro.

National news agency Bernama reported the second man to be also Bangladeshi, aged 26.

The Address, a 202-unit, low-density residential project on a rise next to a public school began construction at the end of 2017 and has faced considerable resistance from Taman Desa residents who complained of noise pollution and of the developer ignoring construction conditions set by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

This is not the first time the project has suffered construction problems.

On January 23, 2018, a crane toppled on its side during construction and caused damage to the adjoining property, Tiara Faber Condominium.

In a statement on The Address’ official Facebook page this evening, Maxim Holdings management acknowledged the incident and sought to assure buyers that it is committed to “ensuring the highest of building standard and the integrity of the development”.

“We will spare no effort in ensuring our obligations under the SPA are fulfilled fully. Please have our assurance on that,” it said in the statement.

It asked purchasers to contact their personnel for any clarification. – MALAY MAIL