Penang Govt sets up special committee to look into Paya Terubong landslide

GEORGE TOWN: The state government has set up a special investigation committee to look into the cause of the landslide at the Bukit Kukus Paired Road construction site in Paya Terubong.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the committee will be led by Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, State Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari and an engineer from the state secretary's office.

"The state government has decided to set up the committee to find the cause of the landslide and identify the responsible parties.

"This is after we discovered there are elements of non-compliance in work procedures carried out at the site.

"This is a separate investigation from the compulsory investigations carried out by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), among other relevant agencies," he said at a press conference held at his office in Komtar on Wednesday (Oct 24).

Chow said the state took the tragedy seriously and urges all agencies to re-examine safety issues at their current projects as well as look into projects that have not been implemented yet.

"We hope the suggestions will ensure regulations are followed and that these kinds of incidents will not be repeated.

"We do not want to compromise on lives," he said.

On Friday (Oct 19), the landslide at the construction site where the Bukit Kukus Paired Road was being built brought down 12 containers used to house construction workers.

Nine foreign workers were killed in the incident, and four others were hurt.

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