Jem mall still shut as checks on ceiling collapse continue

The Jem mall in Jurong East was still closed to the public when The Straits Times visited it yesterday.
The Jem mall in Jurong East was still closed to the public when The Straits Times visited it yesterday.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Jem mall will remain shut till at least tomorrow as checks and rectification works continue.

Tenants at the Jurong East centre have been informed and the mall's management posted on its Facebook page that a further update will be provided tomorrow.

"We are doing everything we can to open the centre as soon as possible," the post said. "Comprehensive checks and rectification works are progressing on track."

The mall shut last Thursday after a burst water pipe caused the collapse of a 50m by 4m portion of false ceiling on the first floor the previous night. Tenants expect to be given at least a rental rebate for the period of closure.

Managing director of Select Group Vincent Tan said it has re-deployed six staff at Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert to its other outlets.

"With so many days of closure, we expect that they may give us a rental rebate," he said.

"We haven't decided if we will ask for more compensation on top of that. It's taking quite long to open but our view is safety comes first. We don't want staff to feel unsafe working there either."

Mr R. Dhinakaran, managing director of Jay Gee Melwani Group, operates five outlets at the mall, including Levi's and Celio.

He said: "I'm disappointed. The stock is sitting there idle. We expect they will offer rental reprieve for the days they are closed."

At least one shopper did not know the mall was still shut.

Ms Qiu Xiao Fen, 32, who visited it yesterday, said: "I wanted to drop by to shop. I am surprised it is still closed."

JESSICA LIM