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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Report on collapses ready

THE open investigation into two civil structures that collapsed in June 2013 has been completed and the report submitted to the Penang government, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“We received the report in English on April 28 and the state government is now in the process of translating the report into Bahasa Malaysia before submitting it to Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

“The translation is expected to take some time due to the many technical terms. The report from the Commission of Inquiry is 312 pages thick,” said Lim in his winding-up speech yesterday.

On June 6, 2013, a section of the ramp leading to the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge at the Batu Maung interchange collapsed, killing 45-year-old Tajuddin Zainal Abidin, a former policeman.

A week later, on June 13, a lightning arrester at the top of the Menara Umno building in Macalister Road crashed to the groundduring a windstorm, killing Jahir Sulaiman, 46, who suffered severe injuries after the lorry he was travelling in with fellow workers was hit by the fallen pole.

The fallen lightning arrester also killed economy rice seller Lim Chin Aik, 44, after it smashed onto his car.

“The setting up of the Commission was agreed by Abdul Rahman, in line with the Commission of Inquiry Act 1950. The appointment of the committee in the Commission was gazetted on Aug 15, 2013,” said Lim.

He said that the Commission of Inquiry took 20 months to investigate and obtain explanation from 42 witnesses over the Umno building incident.

Tags / Keywords: Northern Region , civil structures , Penang State Assembly

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