Family seeking answers to tree fall tragedy


(From left) Rayer, Ramkarpal and Ong briefing the victim’s family on how to proceed with legal action against the city council over Yong’s death.

THE family of 53-year-old Yong Geeng Huei will seek an explanation from the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) about the fallen tree that crushed Yong’s car and killed him along Perak Road in Penang.

Batu Lanchang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong said the family wanted to send a letter to the council seeking answers to the fatal mishap.

“The family had approached me as they would like to proceed with the claims concerning Yong’s death.

“They are seeking an explanation to what caused the incident and we will help them with the process.

“Jelutong MP RSN Rayer and Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh will be handling the legal matters and will send an official letter to MBPP on Monday requesting a detailed explanation about the incident, ” he said.

Ong said this would be the first step towards getting some answers and bringing the family some peace over Yong’s death.

Filepic of council workers and firemen working to remove the fallen tree and extricate the victim trapped in the crushed car along Perak Road in the fatal incident on April 27.Filepic of council workers and firemen working to remove the fallen tree and extricate the victim trapped in the crushed car along Perak Road in the fatal incident on April 27.

“We spoke to the victim’s family on Wednesday and briefed them about the steps that will be taken to help them.

“We will see how the council responds to the letter before taking the next step, which will include appointing an expert arborist to review the findings and incident.

“We will help the family as promised and ensure they get their dues in accordance with the law, ” he said.

The freak accident on April 27 along Perak Road was believed to have killed Yong instantly. It happened at about 9.30am shortly after a storm.

Firemen who arrived at the scene found that the tree had fallen squarely onto the driver’s side of the car, crushing it down almost to ground level. It took firemen nearly two hours to extricate the victim.

Yong, from Bayan Lepas, was extricated from the car at 11.04am and pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene.

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