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M’sian gov spends RM64mil building a ‘skybridge to nowhere’ to cater for ‘unplanned’ mall

Skybridges? Where we’re going, we don’t need skybridges.

KOTA KINABALU – It was supposed to be an architectural wonder, but after four years and millions of Ringgit, the KK Skybridge connecting Center Point Mall has now become a laughingstock. 

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Kk skybridge
KK SkyBridge. Photo: Twitter

A Twitter user named Al-Rashid Zulkefli recently revealed that the skybridge, which supposed to connect to Center Point Sabah, leads to a brick wall instead.

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If you want to go to the mall, [you] have to jump down from the bridge,” Al-Rashid said in a tweet.

“Is this where the money goes to?”

The post has since received over 7.8k likes and 5k retweets at press time, with many questioning the skybridge’s real cost.

One netizen questioned: ‘Is this where the money goes to?’

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Another netizen joked that it would be an Instagrammable location for youngsters.

One said that it was Sabah’s version of Platform 3/4 in the Harry Potter series.

Hajiji: This Is For All Of Us

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor expressed his relief at the RM31.5mil project’s completion, given the many problems which had plagued it for years.

“This is for all of us. It is an important infrastructure for Kota Kinabalu.

Prior to this, there have been road accidents involving jaywalkers,” he told The Vibes during his visit to the skybridge last Friday (Sept 3).

However, Al Rashid also posted screenshots of Parliamentary documents in a separate Tweet claiming that the government has allocated RM60 million for the project by the previous administration.

The screenshots further showed that an additional RM4mil was needed to complete the project, resulting in a whopping amount of RM64mil.

Moreover, the construction works first began in April 2017, according to the plan. It was expected to be completed in September but was extended to April 18, 2018.

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To make matters worse, Sunsea Development went bankrupt after the contractor Petrofiq Sdn Bhd stopped construction citing lack of payments.

‘Not part of the original plan’

When asked about the ‘dead end’, Hajiji said that an entry point leading into the Center Point Shopping Mall is still work-in-progress.

Center point mall, sabah.
Center Point Mall, Sabah.

He also added that the Center Point mall’s owner refused to allow the contractor to build the entrance.

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Secondly, I was made to understand that the mall owners wanted to do it themselves.

On the other hand, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) vice-president Gee Tien Siong explained that Centre Point Sabah wasn’t part of the original plan, FMT reported.

“The initial design of KK Skybridge does not include Centre Point Sabah, they are responsible for building the link between the bridge and the shopping centre. The KK SkyBridge is set to open after the movement control order (ends),” he said.

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