Contractor claims misunderstanding

The search and rescue (SAR) operations at the construction site at Jalan Bukit Kukus at Paya Terubong in Penang.

GEORGE TOWN: Yuta Maju Sdn Bhd, the main contractor for the paired roads, says it complied with a full stop-work order only four days after it was issued due to a misunderstanding.

Its technical director Lai Sin Kian said the order was issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) on Oct 13 and the company complied fully with it on Oct 17.

“There was some misunderstanding on the scope of the order, as we thought it was only at the site where the beams fell on Oct 11.

“This issue was later resolved and we immediately stopped all work on Oct 17 (Wednesday) at 11.30am,” he said.

Asked about the workers at the site when the landslide occurred on Friday, Lai said they were not hired by the company.

“They are not my workers or any of the sub-contractors’ workers. They could be from outside. I warned my sub-contractors about this issue two years ago.

“I don’t know if they are illegal workers,” he said when asked if the sub-contractor hired them without his company’s knowledge.

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