GEORGE TOWN: A consultant engineer and the engineering firm which were involved in the fatal landslide in Tanjung Bungah in 2017 were each fined RM40,000.
The consultant engineer, Khoo Koon Tai, and the firm, Perunding KAA Sdn Bhd, both changed their plea and pleaded guilty to the offence when the case came up for mention at the Sessions Court on Wednesday (Sept 11).
The firm was charged under Section 15 (1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 for failing to provide engineering calculations for the temporary slope for the Granito project where the landslide occurred, thus failing to ensure the safety, health and welfare of all the workers at the site.
Khoo, who was a director, was charged under the same section for failing to prepare engineering calculations which led to the landslide and had failed to ensure the safety, health and welfare of the workers.
They were charged with committing the offence at the site of the affordable housing project in Lorong Lembah Permai 3 at about 8.50am on October 21,2017.
Both Khoo and Perunding KAA had both claimed trial to the charge early this year.
They had submitted an application to negotiate with the prosecuting on Aug 27 and the case was fixed for mention today, pending the outcome of the negotiations.
They changed their plea after the prosecution rejected the terms of the negotiation.
Sessions Court Judge, Mazdi Abdul Hamid ordered them to pay a fine of RM40,000, failing which they will face six months of imprisonment.
The Commision of Inquiry into the landslide which killed 11 workers released a 116-page report last month, recommending that police begin criminal investigations against Khoo for gross negligence in the accident.