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Jem to reopen 'only when mall is risk-free'

Aussie developer denies taking short cuts; experts conducting checks

Published on Sep 21, 2013 8:27 AM

The boss of the development firm behind the Jem mall yesterday promised that it would reopen only when there is "no risk" of incidents like a burst pipe occurring again.

It came as a team of experts flew in from Australia to assess damage at the beleaguered shopping centre - which is even considering hiring a fengshui master to revive its flagging fortunes.

Mr Steve McCann, group chief executive officer of Australian firm Land Lease, also refuted an accusation from MP Ang Wei Neng that his company may have taken short cuts in a rush to finish the mall, which was eventually opened four days late in June.

Calling the MP's comment "unfortunate", Mr McCann told The Straits Times in an exclusive interview: "We certainly do not put revenue ahead of safety."

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