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Jaya Supermarket

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Jaya Supermarket

Jaya Shopping Centre, better known as Jaya Supermarket, is a well-known landmark in Section 14, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Built in 1974, it was one of the first supermarkets in Petaling Jaya and has survived the many facets of development until now.

The shopping centre was involved in a controversy in the early 1990s when it built its present 10-storey car park extension - four storeys higher than what the building plans approved by the then Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ).

The building has four storeys of retail units, five storeys of office units and four storeys of carparks. The building has been earmarked for redevelopment, where it will be demolished and rebuilt with better-planned features like loading bays, access roads and security.


On 28 May 2009, Jaya Supermarket collapsed while being torn down for redevelopment, killing at least 7 Indonesian laborers and injuring an unspecified number of people in the busy commercial district.

Section 4.0 of the Guidelines For Public Safety And Health At Construction Sites (1st Revision: 2007), prepared by the Technical Committee of DOSH states that subject to Section 35 under Factories And Machinery Act 1967, every person who undertakes any building operations or works of engineering construction shall notify to Department of Occupational Safety and Health not later than seven days from the commencement of construction activities. The notification is exempted to the construction activities that can be completed in a period less than six (6) weeks and does not involve the use of machinery. There is no mention of approval from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health as a pre-requisite to commencement of building operations or works of engineering construction.

In the case of Jaya, the contractor notified the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, as required, of the proposed works, via the following documents:-

  • DOSH Registration JKJ 103;
  • Safety and Health Manual
  • Emergency Response Plan
  • Demolition Method Statement
  • Risk Assessment Summary
  • Demolition Program

The Contractor's submission was endorsed received by JKKP (Department of Occupational Safety and Health) on 11 May 2009.


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