CityONE MC discharged in court over fatal 2018 mall explosion

The court complex in Kuching.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Nov 22: The Sessions Court here discharged CityONE MC Sdn Bhd in the case related to the CityONE Mall explosion which killed three people in December 2018.

Judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa Abang Ahmad today ruled that the prosecution, Department of Occupational and Safety Health (DOSH), has failed to prove a prima facie case against the accused company.

Therefore, she discharged the accused company without calling for its defence.

DOSH charged four parties in relation to the explosion. The four accused are CityONE MC Sdn Bhd, Borneo Landmark (M) Sdn Bhd (main contractor), Sim Nyen Electronic Electrical (gas contractor) and Chia Yit Siong (sub-contractor).

They were charged under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994.

CityONE MC Sdn Bhd was charged under Section 18(1) of the Act with failing to perform duties of an occupier of a place of work to persons other than his employees, which carries a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years, or both, upon conviction.

CityONE MC Sdn Bhd was represented by counsels J.B. Singh and Alvin Yong, while officer Safwan Lokman prosecuted for DOSH.

The fatal explosion which took place on Dec 4, 2018 killed three people and injured 41. According to an investigation by the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, the blast was due to unintentional negligence. — DayakDaily