Nurul Izzah to take up bridge collapse with works ministry

nurul-izzahKUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar will take up the KL Eco City bridge collapse issue with the Ministry of Works.

When she visited the office of project developer SP Setia Berhad today for an explanation on the status of investigations into the collapse, the Lembah Pantai MP was told by SP Setia representatives that the investigations were being carried out by the Ministry of Works.

“Basically, we asked for the development on the investigations and they informed us that investigations are being managed by the Works Ministry,” Nurul Izzah told FMT.

“As you know, I’m quite upset because DBKL (Kuala Lumpur City Hall) owns 80% of the development. It’s a 80/20 joint venture. And they haven’t been at the forefront in disclosing the causes of the incident.”

Nurul Izzah was referring to the recent collapse of a 70-metre pedestrian bridge under construction near Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur.

The collapse killed one worker and injured five others.

SP Setia today informed Nurul Izzah that it could not name the main contractor behind the building of the bridge until investigations were completed.

“Th developer did not say when investigations will be completed, and said that I had to direct my questions to the Ministry of Works,” she said.

“I am thankful to SP Setia, but I wish DBKL had stepped up to disclose matters and addressed public fears. But they haven’t done much.”

Nurul Izzah also said that a Bangladeshi worker was missing after the collapse, with searches by the Fire and Rescue Department and its K9 team failing to find him at the site.

The failure to trace the worker, she said, also pointed to the failure of the government’s initiatives to keep count of legal foreign workers.

She noted that the government had introduced a biometric system and other initiatives just to do this.

“This has to be addressed by the home minister. It’s a difficult situation considering how much we’ve spent on accounting for every legal foreign worker.”