If waterfalls can swamp the higher floors of Komtar, right in front of their noses …
… you have to wonder how they are going to manage an elevated light rail system and precarious highways and tunnels up on steep hill slopes – for which they have even less experience. What will happen when they start digging and building the six-lane Pan Island Link highway a few hundred metres from the Air Itam Dam? This episode hardly inspires confidence in their mega projects.
The waterfall was unleashed at 12.25pm during work to replace the components of the Komtar fire system. A worker in the plant room at level 61 “opened a strainer without shutting off the water supply first” and water gushed out of the pipe and flowed to the floors below. During the “waterfall”, the lifts at the higher floors were shut down for safety reasons.
People evacuated the upper floors. Ironically, the Drainage and Irrigation Department is at Level 55 of Komtar.
By 2pm most of the problem was sorted out, and normal service resumed.
Remember, this is the second “waterfall” – after an earlier waterfall appeared at a super high-rise “affordable housing” project in George Town recently.
As someone quipped, “Komtar in Chinese is guangda, big light. Now it has turned to shuida, big water.”
Another said, “Maybe they can have an indoor fish farm” at Komtar after finishing off the fishing waters along the southern of Penang Island with land reclamation.