Nothing last forever. Some things have long passed their prime after so many years. Iconic buildings may still be iconic but if not maintained well, all that’s left to them are just their names and history. It’s sad to see when once-popular tourist attractions are left unmaintained and then abandoned like what happened with MAPs Perak.
Pusat Sains Negara or the National Science Centre has been one of the most iconic buildings in Malaysia since it was first established in 1996. It’s a place for both adults and children to learn all things science in the most interesting and fun ways. However, after all these years, the building may need some modifications.
A netizen who goes by @_ainmazing on Twitter posted a photo of her visit to Pusat Sains Negara (PSN) last Sunday. Apparently, it was pouring that day that raindrops leaked through the roof of the facility causing the floors to be wet and people (especially children) to slip and fall. “It’s almost 2023. How is Pusat Sains Negara going to fix this leaking problem?” she complained.
As seen in the photo, the management used buckets to stop the leak from spreading. Unsatisfied with how the building’s management dealt with the problem, many netizens responded to @_ainmazing’s tweet to complain about the management’s irresponsibility. Some questioned how a big name such as Pusat Sains Negara could have could think of such a primitive way to deal with an issue such as this.
The tweet quickly went viral that it even caught the attention of former Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation of Malaysia Wilfred Madius Tangau who expressed his surprise at the facility’s maintenance issue. “Why is it left like this? And how long will it stay this way? This is a challenge! How about using this situation to be creative and innovative?” he tweeted.
The viral post eventually reached Chang Lih Kang, the current Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation of Malaysia. He reassured PSN visitors that proper actions will be taken and modifications will be made soon. “After getting feedback from Ministry officials, I was informed that a series of discussions had been held between MOSTI and the Public Works Department (JKR) to make modifications to the roof structure,” he said in a Facebook post.