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1997

  1. Saksi cerita penemuan ngeri di Highland Towers BH 02/04/1997
    AMPANG, Selasa - Mahkamah Koroner di sini, hari ini diberitahu bahawa pasukan penyiasat menemui beberapa mayat yang sudah busuk, antaranya tidak berkepala dan kaki serta tangan di tangga pangsapuri Blok Satu Highland Towers selepas seminggu bangunan itu runtuh. Asisten Superintendan Amidon Anan, pegawai penyiasat kejadian itu berkata, cebisan daging dan tulang manusia juga ditemui di tangga pangsapuri 12 tingkat yang runtuh pada tengah hari 11 Disember 1993, yang mengorbankan 48 orang.

  2. `Highly decomposed, charred bodies found on building staircase' NST 02/04/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Several highly decomposed bodies - some headless and without limbs - were found on the staircases of the collapsed Block 1 of Highland Towers condominium a week after the tragedy, a coroner's court heard today. ASP Amidon Anan, the investigation officer of the tragedy, said human flesh and bones were also found on the staircases of the 12-storey building which toppled in the afternoon of Dec 11, 1993, killing 48 people.

  3. Mayat mangsa kondo runtuh tidak sempurna BH 04/04/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Mahkamah Koroner hari ini diberitahu kebanyakan mayat yang ditemui pasukan mencari dan menyelamat dalam tragedi kondominium runtuh Highland Towers, Ulu Klang berada dalam keadaan tidak sempurna. Asisten Superintendan Nor Azizan Anan berkata, 23 mayat yang kebanyakannya wanita berada dalam keadaan tidak sempurna seperti tidak berkepala, berkaki atau bertangan.

  4. `Small streams seen near collapsed condominium' NST 04/04/1997
    AMPANG, Thurs. - There was continuous flow of water forming small streams near the collapsed Block 1 of Highland Towers condominium, the coroner's court heard today. Assistant Superintendent Nor Azizan Anan, the investigation officer, said the small streams could be seen at the hill near the Highland Towers condominium.

  5. Bahaya menanti di pangsapuri BH 10/04/1997 By Fazli Abdullah
    SAMA ada disedari atau tidak, lebih daripada sejuta pemilik kondominium, pangsapuri dan rumah pangsa di negara ini masih tidak mempunyai perlindungan undang-undang yang mencukupi ke atas kediaman mereka kerana belum memiliki hak milik strata. Sehingga Disember lalu, sedekad selepas Akta Hak Milik Strata 1985 dikuatkuasakan, hanya 76,190 petak atau unit kediaman di bangunan berbilang tingkat memiliki surat hak milik strata daripada 124,220 petak yang dipohon oleh pemilik bangunan.

  6. Doktor imbas kematian mangsa Highlands Towers: Saksi BH 11/04/1997
    AMPANG, Khamis - Seorang ahli patologi hari ini memberitahu Mahkamah Koroner di sini bahawa wanita Jepun yang berjaya dikeluarkan daripada runtuhan kondominium Highland Towers pada 11 Disember 1993, mati disebabkan pendarahan dalaman teruk yang dialaminya selepas bangunan itu runtuh. Dr Shahrum Abdul Wahid berkata, walaupun sudah dirawat dengan bersungguh-sungguh oleh doktor selepas dimasukkan ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur pada 10.30 malam pada hari kejadian, Shizue Nakajima gagal diselamatkan.

  7. Pathologist tells how Towers victim was identified NST 11/04/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - A pathologist told the coroner's court today that the identity of one of the victims of the Highland Towers tragedy was determined from the fingerprints and dental records. Dr Shahrum Abdul Wahid, attached to the Forensic Unit of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Medical Faculty, said on Dec 18, 1993 he did a post- mortem on the body of the victim.

  8. Ada mayat putus kepala: Doktor BH 15/04/1997
    AMPANG, Isnin - Seorang pakar patologi Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) memberitahu Mahkamah Koroner di sini hari ini, beliau membedah siasat mayat seorang kanak-kanak yang tidak mempunyai kepala kerana terkorban dalam runtuhan pangsapuri Blok Satu Highland Towers pada Disember 1993. Dr Abdul Halim Mansar berkata, kanak-kanak lelaki itu dihantar kepadanya untuk dibedah siasat dengan kepalanya putus manakala tangan kirinya hilang.

  9. Victims died upon building's collapse NST 15/04/1997By Chok Suat Ling
    KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - A pathologist told the Ampang coroner's court today that autopsies conducted on eight victims of the Highland Towers tragedy revealed that they died instantly upon the building's collapse. Dr Abdul Halim Mansar, 48, a pathologist attached to Kuala Lumpur Hospital, conducted autopsies on the eight victims between Dec 18 and 21, 1993, and found that they had died from multiple injuries.

  10. Maut kerana sesak nafas BH 16/04/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Selasa - Seorang ahli patologi hari ini memberitahu Mahkamah Koroner di sini, seorang lelaki yang terbunuh dalam tragedi kondominium Highland Towers yang runtuh pada 11 Disember 1993, mati disebabkan sesak nafas. Dr Mohd Shah Mahmud berkata selepas menjalankan bedah siasat terhadap mayat Yap Kien Seng, 18, dia mendapati sebab kematian adalah traumatic asphyxia akibat tertimbus di bawah bangunan yang runtuh itu.

  11. Victim died of suffocation, pathologist tells inquest NST 16/04/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The Ampang coroner's court was told today that one of the victims of the Highland Towers condominium collapse which took place more than three years ago, died from respiratory problems. Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood from Kuala Lumpur Hospital's pathology unit said he performed an autopsy on Yap Kien Seng, 18, and found the cause of death was due to "traumatic asphyxia" resulting from being buried under the collapsed building.

  12. Lima mangsa mati serta-merta BH 18/04/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Seorang ahli patologi yang memberi keterangan mengenai punca kematian lima lagi mangsa tragedi kondominium Highland Towers yang runtuh pada 11 Disember 1993 dan berkata semuanya mati serta- merta. Pakar runding di Bahagian Forensik Hospital Besar Kuala Lumpur, Dr Mohd Shah Mahmud, memberi keterangan har ini mengenai kematian wanita Korea, Jung Soon Bahk, 45, selain Daryl Koh Wai Kin, 3, Yap Hsiao Mei, 18 dan ibu Yap, Wong Mee Thai, 35, serta Douglas Ong Tee Ming, 17.

  13. Victims identified `through fingerprints and clothings' NST 18/04/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Ampang coroner's court was told today that victims of the Highland Towers condominium collapse were identified through their fingerprints. Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood from Kuala Lumpur Hospital's pathology unit said the victims were also identified through the clothes and jewellery they were wearing when they were brought in for autopsy.

  14. Highrise builders get reminder on strata titles NST 27/06/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Developers of highrise buildings must apply for strata titles for the buyers or face legal action, Deputy Land and Co- operative Development Minister Dr Goh Cheng Teik said today. He said the number of developers who had not applied for the titles were "frighteningly substantial" but could not give the figures.

  15. H. Towers' quick collapse due to use of rail piling NST 29/08/1997 By Sumitha Martin
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The erosion of the area surrounding the Highland Towers condominium and its eventual collapse would have been a noticeable and gradual process if concrete piling, instead of rail piling, had been used for the building's foundation. Chairman of the Technical Investigating Committee into the collapse of Highland Towers, Dr Nik Ramlan Nik Hassan, told the Ampang coroner's court today that if concrete piling had been used, the collapse of the condominium would have occurred after a prolonged period and would have shown signs of an impending collapse.

  16. Pelukis pelan pangsapuri tiada kelayakan BH 14/10/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Isnin - Bekas presiden Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (Pam) hari ini memberitahu Mahkamah Koroner di sini bahawa pelukis pelan pangsapuri Highland Towers yang runtuh pada 11 Disember 1993 tidak mempunyai kelayakan bagi bangunan setinggi 12 tingkat. Henry Lee Inn Seong, 49, berkata pelukis pelan itu, Wong Tin Sang, hanya mempunyai kelayakan untuk mendirikan bangunan tidak melebihi 300 meter persegi atau 3,000 kaki persegi atau tidak melebihi dua tingkat.

  17. Pelukis pelan tidak layak HM 14/10/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR: Bekas presiden Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) semalam memberitahu Mahkamah Koroner di sini bahawa pelukis pelan pangsapuri Highland Towers yang runtuh pada 11 Disember 1993 tidak mempunyai kelayakan bagi bangunan setinggi 12 tingkat. Henry Lee Inn Seong, 49, berkata pelukis pelan itu, Wong Tin Sang, hanya mempunyai kelayakan untuk mendirikan bangunan tidak melebihi 300 meter persegi atau 3,000 kaki persegi atau tidak melebihi dua tingkat.

  18. Highland Towers draughtsman `not qualified' NST 14/10/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - The Coroner's Court here was told today that the draughtsman for the Highland Towers condominium which collapsed on Dec 11, 1993, was not qualified to draw plans for a 12-storey high building. Henry Lee Inn Seong, 49, the immediate past president of the Malaysian Institute of Architects, said the draughtsman, Wong Tin Sang, was not qualified to draw plans for buildings over 300 sq m or 3,000 sq ft in area, that is buildings above two storeys.

  19. Highland Towers collapse: Decision on Nov 3 NST 17/10/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Coroner's Court here today fixed Nov 3 to deliver its decision in the inquest into the deaths of 48 people in the Highland Towers condominium collapse on Dec 11, 1993. Coroner Mohamed Radzi Abas deferred decision after Deputy Public Prosecutor Baizurah Kamal closed the case after calling 16 witnesses.

  20. Highland Towers diisytihar nahas BH 04/11/1997  By Anwar Hussin
    AMPANG, Isnin - Mahkamah Koroner di sini hari ini memutuskan tragedi pangsapuri Highland Towers di Hulu Klang, yang runtuh pada 11 Disember 1993 sehingga mengorbankan 48 nyawa, bukan disebabkan sebarang unsur jenayah dan bencana alam, tetapi adalah satu kejadian nahas. Koroner Mohd Radhi Abas yang membuat keputusan itu berkata, kematian 48 penghuni Highland Towers itu adalah disebabkan kecederaan berganda yang menimpa mereka selepas pangsapuri terbabit runtuh.

  21. Highland Towers tragedy a misadventure: Court BT 04/11/1997
    THE Coroner's Court in Kuala Lumpur yesterday returned a verdict of misadventure following an inquest into the Highland Towers condominium tragedy which claimed 48 lives on December 11 1993. Coroner Mohamed Radzi Abas said that the Highland Towers collapse was not a natural disaster.

  22. Tragedi Highland Towers bukan bencana alam HM 04/11/1997
    KUALA LUMPUR: Mahkamah Koroner di sini semalam memutuskan bahawa tragedi kondominium Highland Towers runtuh dan mengorbankan 48 nyawa pada 11 Disember 1993, sebagai satu nahas. Majistret Mohd Radzi Abas yang bertindak sebagai koroner dalam inkues untuk menyiasat punca keruntuhan kondominium itu berkata, kejadian yang berlaku itu "bukan satu bencana alam semula jadi".

  23. Misadventure verdict in inquest into death of 48 in Highland Towers collapse NST 04/11/1997 By Ruslaini Abbas; Leong Shen-li
    KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Almost four years after the incident, the Coroner's Court ruled today the death of 48 people in the Highland Towers condominium collapse on Dec 11, 1993 was a misadventure. Coroner Mohamed Radzi Abas, however, said there were contributing factors which led to the collapse although no criminality was involved.

  24. Four years after the tragedy one court proceeding ends NST 04/11/1997 By Carolyn Hong
    HIGHLAND TOWERS has become a marker in time, a convenient reference point for subsequent disasters, though memories of the tragedy itself and of its displaced occupants, have largely faded. Today, the two remaining blocks stand vandalised, looted and in eerie silence. The residents are fighting a hard battle for compensation, through endless rounds of meetings and two civil suits.

 

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