Four dead in Penang after wall at hotel collapses

Four dead in Penang after wall at hotel collapses

GEORGE TOWN: Four Myanmar workers were killed after a retaining wall they were erecting at the Lost Paradise Hotel in Batu Ferringhi collapsed at about 9.30pm yesterday.

A search and rescue operation involving the Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Department and the police located all bodies from the rubble at about 4.45am today.

Two of the deceased has been identified as Ong and Nai Cho In while the names of the other workers are unknown for now.

The police and the hotel management were alerted by the resort’s gardener who witnessed the incident at about 9.20pm yesterday.

Northeast district police chief ACP Che Zaimani Che Awang said the workers were constructing a retaining wall on the slope in the hotel ground.

“Ong was given the project to build the wall and he had asked three of his friends to help him,” he said.

Zaimani added the resort owner, a doctor, had claimed that the four Myanmar workers had offered their services to build the wall.

“He said that Ong agreed to work on the project for RM400 a day and the latter had 20 days to complete the work,” he said, adding that the doctor had claimed that he did not know the other workers were Ong’s friends.

It is believed they have been working on the retaining wall for a week now.  

On related matter, the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) issued a statement saying that the construction work on the wall was illegal.

“The illegal retaining wall works were conducted below the road surface of Jalan Batu Ferringhi and could not be seen from the road,” said MBPP mayor Yew Tung Seang, without elaborating on what action would be taken against the hotel owner.

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