The Penang government has decided not to allow China-based firm Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) to operate in the state following a fatal tower crane accident involving a Penang girl in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, on Aug 25.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng reiterated his stand that the firm should not be allowed to conduct business in Penang as it refused to be accountable for the accident in which the crane hook from a construction site fell more than 20 storeys onto the 24-year-old administration executive Chim Khoo Sing's car.
“I have stated that those who are wrong have to be accountable for their crimes,” Lim said at a press conference in George Town today.
“This is because Penang wants responsible contractors, not those who play with Malaysians’ lives, and we do not want those who refuse to be responsible for accidents involving their own firms,” he added.
Lim said the firm was one of the contractors under Consortium Zenith-BUCG (Zenith) responsible for the construction of the Penang undersea tunnel, which will link Gurney Drive to Butterworth on the mainland.
However, he noted that the main contractor under the consortium is China Railway, a bigger company that constructed the train track to Tibet, and not BUCG.
Lim said he has conveyed the state’s stand on the issue to Zenith chairperson Zarul Ahmad Mohd Zulklifi, who has written a letter to the state to asks its approval to drop BUCG from the consortium.