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Disbelief, Fury and Fear after Tampines Sunshade Topple

Tampines residents could hardly believe their eyes when they saw they saw the collapse.

It was certainly a bigger topple than the one PM Lee took during his National Day Rally speech this year.

We’re talking about the sunshade collapse at Block 201E Tampines Street 23 that took place around 11am yesterday.

One end of the sunshade, which was located on the fourth floor of the block, crashed down onto a sunshade on the floor below.

The Building and Construction Authority says the collapse doesn’t affect the structural integrity of the building.

However, this hasn’t done much to quell fears.

Said Mr Huang Guo Shan:

“Is this how they intent to continue building high risk HDB? Maybe they are looking at another Great World City.”

(Ed’s note: I believe he means Hotel New World, not Great World City)

Others are furious that such a collapse could take place and questioned how the sunshade was given the go-ahead in the first place.

Said Mr Darren Tay:

“The obvious case of cut corners with 1 side no metal rods in the concrete… those who study civil engineering knows both is required.”

Meanwhile, there was a wave of disbelief that the HDB, which has a reputation for, well, building HDB flats for many years, could allow this to happen.

Said Ms Masie

“Would like to read an engineer’s investigation report on why whatever was used to attach it to the building failed.”

The dislodged sunshade has since been removed, says Tampines Town Council and the incident is being investigated.



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