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Stop Work Order For 28-Storey Plaza

Stop Work Order For 28-Storey Plaza
Work on the WG Friendship Plaza at McGregor is on hold. Photo:Ronald Kumar.
September 01
10:18 2018

WG International Real Estate Co. (Fiji) Limited, the company behind the 28-storey WG Friendship Plaza being built on McGregor Road, Suva, has been issued a stop work order notice.

It is understood that the stop order has been issued by the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, to allow tests on materials used in the building.

There are claim materials used in the construction were not of the required standard.

WG International spokesperson William Wu confirmed that a stop order notice was issued. However, he says, the problem was solved.

Mr Wu said they had the certificates for materials and the company lawyer had advised them that there was no power to stop their work because there was no evidence on the claims of substandard materials used.

The 28-storey WG Friendship Plaza is the brainchild of the Fiji-registered company.

It has been in the news recently, particularly on an Australian Sixty Minutes TV documentary, which claimed that it was a Chinese venture.

China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Qian Bo, said this week they were not involved in the construction of the building.

He confirmed that he was informed of the stop work order.

Mr Qian said he would meet the senior management of the project to discuss the issue and to find out whether the management people were holding a Chinese passport or not.

He added that it was a commercial building and was not an assisted project by the Chinese Government.

Mr Qian said the public needs to be aware that there are two groups of Chinese people in Fiji. One group was those who carried Chinese passports and some others were Chinese, but carried passports for other countries.

He said those who carried a Chinese passport were the responsibility of the embassy and the embassy may need to have an eye on them to give guidance.

“I have to check first whether those senior management people are Chinese with the Chinese passport,” Mr Qian said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj

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