Ministry instructs JKR to conduct detail investigation on Rambungan ferry near-miss incident

Julaihi (centre) and officers visiting the Rambungan ferry point to investigate the incident where a steel structure suddenly fell and smashed the front end of a car while it was disembarking from the ferry yesterday.

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LUNDU, June 10: A proper and in-depth investigation will be conducted on the incident at Rambungan ferry point where a car’s front end was smashed in by a steel structure upon disembarkation, narrowly missing the driver.

Assistant Minister of Infrastructure and Ports Development Datuk Julaihi Narawi said that a stop work order has been issued immediately to the contractor following the incident that happened at about 8.30 am yesterday.

“No construction works are allowed at all in the location.

“My Ministry has instructed the Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak to conduct a thorough investigation because it involves the life and safety of the public,” he emphasised in a statement today.

Julaihi together with the Ministry’s permanent secretary Datu Safri Zainuddin and officers as well as officers from Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak, Sarawak River Board (SRB) and Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) had rushed to the site following the incident yesterday.

They had assessed, inspected and obtained details regarding the incident from the contractor, victim and ferry operator.

“The Ministry will also help the victim to get appropriate compensation,” he added.

According to a police report, a steel barrier structure suddenly fell and smashed the front end of the multi-purpose vehicle driven by a woman, in her late 50s, while disembarking from the ferry.

Fortunately, the victim did not suffer any injuries.

A video clip of the incident was widely circulated in social media yesterday, showing how the incident happened in which sources claimed that the steel structure which was being lifted by a crane operator carrying out works to upgrade the jetty suddenly fell and hit the car as it disembarked from the ferry. — DayakDaily