State offers legal aid to victim’s family

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 04 Nov 2015

Seeking closure: Chin Aik’s wife, Chai Song (centre), with family members after receiving a copy of the Commission of Enquiry report at Komtar.

GEORGE TOWN: The state government will help family members of Lim Chin Aik, who was killed by a falling finwall, in seeking legal redress against the responsible party.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state would provide financial aid to Lim’s family if they decided to take legal action against the owner of Menara Umno in Macalister Road.

“But of course, a lot will depend on the family’s decision. The state feels that it is a tragedy.

“We are ready to offer financial aid should they decide to pursue legal action against the building owner,” he said at a press conference at his office in Komtar yesterday..

On June 13, 2013, the finwall at the top of the building crashed to the ground during a windstorm, killing Jahir Sulaiman, 46, and economy rice seller Lim Chin Aik, 44.

Lim’s remains were never recovered and his death certificate was issued 172 days later.

Previously, the finwall was reported as a lightning arrester by the media.

Present at the press conference were Lim’s wife, Lee Chai Song, 50, his father Tian Chor, 75, and his brother Khung Ling, 45.

They were presented with a copy of the 312-page ‘Report of The Com-mission of Enquiry into the Failure of Two Civil Structures in the State of Penang’.

When asked for comment over the matter, Khung Ling said they would only decide after studying the report.

At the press conference, Lim also announced the formation of a subcommittee to carry out recommendations of the report findings that also detailed investigations into the ramp collapse at the Batu Maung Interchange of the second Penang bridge on June 6, 2013.

The committee is headed by state Housing, Town and Country Plan-ning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo. Other Committee members are state legal adviser Datuk Aliza Sulaiman and state executive councillors Phee Boon Poh, Lim Hock Seng and Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim.

Jagdeep urged the local authorities, especially the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), to execute recommendations of the findings.

He said all local planning authorities should require engineers to submit their drawings, plans and calculations, and to check and certify in writing the natural frequency of the building to be built.

“It should also be thoroughly checked by an Independent Check-ing Engineer (ICE), who is a professional engineer,” he said.

The subcommittee will also pursue disciplinary action against five engineers over the ramp collapse at the Batu Maung Interchange linking to the second bridge.

The five are Lim Chor Pin from subcontractor Giga Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd, Chan Kah Keen from main contractor Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd, Goh Beng De and Wong Chee Thong from supervision consultants ARUP Jururunding Sdn Bhd and professional engineer Jamal Abd Nasir Makhtar who sign-ed and endorsed the scaffold design.

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.

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