The crane operator believed to be involved in the Jalan Raja Chulan freak accident on 25th August has fled the country.
According to The Sun, the 51-year-old Indonesian man left Malaysia barely 2 days after the incident which resulted in the death of 24-year-old Chin Khoon Sing. “We (police) have also checked with the Immigration Department for the suspect’s whereabouts but the investigators learnt that he had escaped from Malaysia on 27th August. Police will seek Interpol’s assistance to locate the foreigner,” a police source reportedly told The Sun.
The source added that the suspect is already on Interpol’s Red Notice list.
Note: An Interpol notice is an international alert circulated by Interpol to communicate information about crimes, criminals, and threats from police in a member state (or an authorised international entity) to their counterparts around the world. The most well-known notice is the Red Notice which is the “closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today”.
When asked to comment on the case, the Malaysian Immigration Department declined and said that they are yet to “receive any report from the police”.
24-year-old Chin Khoon Sing, who hails from Penang, was crushed to death after a lifting hook from an overhead crane at the construction site of Royal Pavilion Hotel fell 20 floors and slammed into her Perodua Kelisa during a traffic jam at about 7:12pm on Jalan Raja Chulan. The freak accident is believed to have happened because the rope supporting the hook snapped, causing it to plunge down from the crane.
Meanwhile, works on the Royal Pavilion Hotel has been suspended pending advice from the authorities.
In a statement, construction company BUCG (M) Sdn Bhd expressed their condolences and said, “We have suspended all the works until further advice from the relevant authorities. Safety is our utmost priority and all construction partners are to provide a ‘duty of care’. Yekon Equipment (M) Sdn Bhd is also cooperating with the authorities in their investigations of the accident and in relation to the crane operator Sufiyan Enterprise (who is Malaysian — according to the certificates obtained and submitted to the authorities for their authentication).”
The case is currently being investigated under Section 304A of the Penal Code for causing death by negligence, and the Department of Occupational Safe and Health (DOSH) are also conducting a probe into the incident.