Two months ago The Star Online published the following story :
Tuesday May 6, 2008
Demolition work on Bukit Chagar flats finally begins
JOHOR BARU: The city’s most famous eyesore, the Bukit Chagar flats, located near the Causeway, is finally coming down.
Yesterday, workers started ripping apart the 25-year-old flats using tractors and other heavy machinery.
To businessman G.W. Tan, 54, who has been living in the area for the past 48 years, it’s about time the structures came down.“This place is an eyesore,” he said, adding that he was hoping that their television reception would improve once the flats came down.
... read the full article at this link.
The Bukit Chagar flats were constructed by the Johor State government in the 1980s to house the low-income group. There were a total of four blocks, each 16-storeys high. The four blocks housed 1,536 units of one-bedroom dwelling. Now if the federal government is really serious about spending petro-RM on subsidies, proper and adequate housing for the poor should be one of them.
The flats soon became an eyesore due to lack of maintenance. Their location very near Johor Bahru city centre did not help in creating good first impressions to visitors. So when the Gerbang Perdana CIQ complex was launched, the authorities found a convenient excuse to have the flats demolished. The demolition works started on 5 May 2008.
I took the first picture below on 4 June 2008.
In just about 3 months, all the four blocks have been reduced to rubble. The following photograph taken yesterday shows just a bit of the final block to go.
It's good that one old eyesore has been removed. But if you look at the tall building on the top right of the same picture, you'll see what has become a `new' eyesore. That building is the Pacific Mall, one of the several abandoned or incomplete commercial complexes that can be found all over JB city.