Updated 14 September 2011
Last December, Ipoh Echo reported that the front upper floor and roof tiles of No. 5 Panglima (Concubine) Lane, fell to the lane below. No one was hurt although the incident occurred at 9.30 a.m. Earlier in June the back portion of an unoccupied unit collapsed.
On September 7 at 10.45 p.m., the upper walls of another two units, Nos. 25 and 27, fell to the lane below. As luck would have it again no one was hurt although No. 27 is just a unit away from Yoon Wah Restaurant which serves the popular “snow beer” every evening.
The falling debris from No. 27 also damaged the building immediately opposite it and the column of the adjacent building, Yoon Wah Restaurant, damaging a total of four buildings.
Senior Exco for Local Government Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon chaired a meeting the next day with owners and residents of Panglima Lane. Later on the same day he announced that JKR, the State Works Department, had in its preliminary report carried out on the same day, declared “7 of 24 units” on Panglima Lane are “deemed dangerous”.
Under the Street, Drainage and Building Act, owners of the units, upon being issued a notice by Ipoh City Council, will have 14 days to repair or demolish their units, otherwise legal action will be taken on them. A detailed report is also being carried out and will be available in a month’s time.
In the meantime, the Chairman of the just-formed Panglima Lane Residents Committee, Dr ‘Mike’ Gurmil said that he would be calling a meeting with the owners and residents to determine their next course of action.