MBPP plans to take legal action over pedestrian bridge damage, says exco member

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  • Thursday, 06 Feb 2020

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is planning to take legal action against those responsible for damaging the overhead pedestrian bridge near the Pengkalan Raja Uda ferry terminal in Weld Quay, says an exco member.

State Local Government Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said though the state government is thankful that there are no injuries or loss of life from the incident, the state view the incident seriously.

"From the information that I received, a police report has been lodged by the owner of the overhead pedestrian, namely the MBPP. We call upon the police to investigate the matter," said Jagdeep at a press conference at Komtar here on Thursday (Feb 6).

He also said that the MBPP is planning to file a negligence suit against those responsible.

Also present at the press conference were MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang and Penang Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

On Wednesday (Feb 5), a piling crane travelling from Padang Kota Lama towards Weld Quay crashed into the iconic landmark, prompting the MBPP to cordon off the surrounding area.

The structure, which was built in the 1970s, was the first overhead pedestrian bridge in Penang.

The structure was completely taken down by 8.30am on Thursday and the road has since been reopened to the public.

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