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Company fined only RM22,000 for fatal Penang landslide

Rescuers carrying the body of a victim of the landslide in Paya Terubong, Penang on Oct 19 2018.

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GEORGE TOWN — Jan. 9, 2020: A construction company has been fined only RM22,000 for failing to ensure the safety of its workers before a deadly landslide on last October 19.

Nine foreign workers of Syarikat Yuta Maju Sdn. Bhd. were killed that day, four injured and another missing.

The Session Court imposed the fine on the company, which is the contractor for the Paya Terubong paired roads project, after it pleaded guilty.

Judge Mazdi Hamid ordered the company to pay RM20,000 for the first charge and that its director, Osmera Mamat, to serve two months in jail in lieu of the fine as well as a fine of RM2,000 or two weeks jail for the second charge.

The company was accused of failing to ensure the practical safety, health and welfare of its workers and failing to provide safe work procedures for using a crane which resulted in falling beams.

For the second charge, the company was accused of failing to appoint a competent safety and health officer.

Mazdi also set February 19 to hear another case faced by Osmera and the company’s project director Lai Sin Kian for failing to provide safe work procedures.

Lai is accused of failing to provide engineering calculations by an accredited engineer for earth backfill work for a temporary slope, which resulted in the landslide.

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