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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Fresh woes hit both Singapore IRs

"Shouldn't ample time have been given for the premises to be ready for its opening? That would have been fairer to the thousands of construction workers who had to work non-stop to ensure the building was ready for the opening ceremony." ... as I asked in my earlier letter to TODAY!

And now we have more woes. I am glad that both operators are now doing the right things - delaying events rather than compromise the safety or spoiling the mood of the "RESORT" visitors.

In fact, I had advised my fellow colleagues (also from the construction industry) against riding the Battlestar Galactica ride too early after its launching, and this was even before its closing due to a technical gitch.


Reference # 1
Fresh woes hit both Singapore IRs

Yahoo News – June 2nd, 2010

Marina Bay Sands has been hit by fresh delays.
 
Fresh reports says one of the star attractions of the integrated resort, The Lion King Show, will not make its roaring debut in September because its theatre facilities will not be ready in time.

The Straits Times understands that the award-winning Broadway musical by Disney could debut only next year.

Nearly 200 applicants who were interviewed for stage, lighting and sound positions have now been told their names will be kept on file, but no date has been set.

The delay comes after a wave of negative publicity for MBS.

The IR was set to open last December but had to push back its soft launch to April. Then, last month, at the first major event it hosted, the Pacific Bar Association’s 20th Conference, delegates complained of power failures and lack of air-conditioning in their hotel rooms.

Both sides are now locked in legal battle over payment.

In related news, the centrepiece of Resort World Sentosa’s Universal Studios, the Battlestar Galactica ride, is still closed – more than two months after it was shut down due to a “technical glitch”.

A Universal Studios spokesman declined comment on when the ride will re-open.

However, a report on Genting Singapore issued last week by Bank of America Merrill Lynch said it expects the ride to re-commence only next year.

Reference # 2
A conference too soon
There's no way MBS would have been ready for bar meet - and the IPBA should've known better
My Letter to TODAY; May 22, 2010

IT HAS been reported that Marina Bay Sands had slapped the organisers of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) conference with a writ of summons to claim payment of $300,000 ("MBS serves writ on conference organiser", May 20). Last week, the organisers asked MBS how it would compensate them for the "aggravation and embarrassment" encountered during the four-day event.

This incident highlights the unique way the construction industry operates as compared to other business sectors.

In the construction industry, new buildings are often issued a TOP (Temporary Occupation Permit) after a series of checks by the Building Control Authority, certifying "substantial completion".

The common Standard Forms of Contract adopted locally, including the Public Sector Standard Conditions of Contract for Construction Works, allow for construction defects to be rectified within the Defects Liability Period - usually at least 12 months after substantial completion.

The is an entrenched practice, one which I believe is not alien to the organisers of the IPBA conference, which consists of top lawyers practising worldwide.

There could be no way of ensuring the conference would proceed without fault unless the premises had first been meticulously put through a thorough testing and commissioning regime.

You could compare it to the situation at the Singapore Flyer soon after its launch, when a power failure saw dozens of visitors trapped for hours.

As such, the IPBA was walking in with "eyes wide open" in opting to be the first to host a conference at the integrated resort.

Shouldn't ample time have been given for the premises to be ready for its opening? That would have been fairer to the thousands of construction workers who had to work non-stop to ensure the building was ready for the opening ceremony.

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