Workers at Jem shops rush to save goods
No word on when mall will reopen after accident caused by burst pipe
It is known as the crown jewel of the west.
But Jem mall has lost its dazzle following a ceiling collapse - with shop workers scrambling to save perishable goods such as food, and even pet chinchillas.
About 50 employees formed a snaking queue yesterday after a registration booth was set up outside the shopping centre. Barriers were erected on the perimeter and security guards kept watch at shuttered entrances. The mall was closed yesterday and it is not known when it will reopen.
Mr Chung Kuan, who works at Peony Jade Restaurant's mooncake booth in the basement, was perspiring as he carted 20 boxes of mooncakes out of the mall. They were loaded into a van and driven to the chain's Takashimaya outlet.
LOUD SOUND, WATER GUSHING FROM PIPES
I heard a very loud sound. I ran there because I saw everybody running. There was water rushing out from the pipes and all the wiring was on the floor. I was quite shocked. So I ran back to the store and told them to evacuate.
- Mr Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed Taib, 29, Starbucks shift supervisor
BUSINESS MAY TAKE A HIT
I informed my guests there was an emergency alert, so I advised them and led them to the nearest exit... I am concerned this might affect business because people might think twice about coming to Jem for shopping. Who knows (when) another mishap might happen.
- Mr Sazali Jaafar, 45, restaurant manager of Earle Swensen’s