The developer demolishing the Majestic Theatre has blatantly ignored MBI’s stop-work order issued on June 19 and proceeded to continue demolishing work.
On June 18 Ipoh Echo had received complaints that demolition of the Majestic Theatre was ongoing without the safety requirements such as boarding up the work area. Another requirement to display the project notice board indicating the work being done was missing.
Subsequently it was learnt that the owner had not applied for approval to demolish the theatre and a stop work order was issued to the demolition contractor on June 19.
Follow up visits to the site on 21 June revealed that work had not stopped with the left front façade now demolished. Also missing was the boarding and notice board.
The boarding for the site was seen arriving on Monday afternoon June 25. By this time the entire front façade was a heap of rubble and only the back portion was still upright.
A check with MBI’s Building Department confirmed that the owner of the premises had ignored the stop work order.
Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim when contacted said that legal action has been initiated against the owner under the Strata, Buildings and Drainage Act 133 which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or 3 years jail or both.
In October 2009 a row of pre-war shop houses being demolished collapsed onto Jalan Kamaruddin Isa in Fair Park killing two men. Following that incident, for safety reasons, all demolition work plans had to be submitted to Ipoh City Council for approval before work could commence.