Tuesday, 5 August 2008


The project sign board and demolishing works of podium floors

Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) is the first high-rise building being constructd at Johor Bahru. It was constructed in 1970. Being the first high rise building constructed about 40 years ago, the building does not has all the modern Building Automation System (BAS) or BMS facilities to control and monitor its amenities to the users. Nevertheless, it has served its occupants well without any unto wards accident happened.

Project Team in a deep discussion while site work continues ..

The planning for KOMTAR Podium Commercial Complex at Jalan Wong Ah Fook/Jalan Tun Razak, Johor Bahru has started way back in 1995. It was put off several times due to several unforseen circumstances and reasons. At last, in January this year (2008) the upgrading works was awarded to a building contractor; Taqi Holdings Sdn. Bhd. The RM50++ million works is to be completed by September 2009 which will change the image of 1970s KOMTAR to a new modern and vibrant Shopping Complex in the city of Johor Bahru.

Clearing work at car park area for new lift core & loading bay ..

With its new facelift and new means of internal transportation system (travelator, escalator, bubble lift, goods lift, passenger lifts), bigger and wider atrium, ample parking space, pre-paid metering, new air-conditioning system, performance-based fire fighting system, wireless internet access and other modern amenities available at modern shopping and commercial complexes will bring up KOMTAR to be at par with other similar premises.

Main Concourse of KOMTAR and view of podium from Jln Tun Razak

So, hopefully, a long wait by the consultants, contrarctors, the users and the public will be paid off once the new KOMTAR is open next year.

Some of familiar faces from project team members.
View of temporary Kebayan Food Courts

To those in the Project Management Team, be steadfast in carrying out the tasks and try to give your level best to accomplish the mission ... May all our sincere effort to make the project a success be rewarded by Allah SWT...Ameen...