Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CCTV to shed light on missing hawker

Police have obtained CCTV footage of the incident in Jalan Macalister to help shed light on the mystery surrounding economy rice seller Lim Chin Aik who is believed to be buried in a crater there.

State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the CCTV has clear footage but declined to elaborate.

The footage was obtained from a surveillance camera installed at a lamppost in front of Menara Umno where a lightning arrester snapped and fell off the 21-storey building following a freak storm last Thursday.

He added that the police would help the family to obtain the death certificate by Friday following a directive from Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“The chassis number found at the scene matched those of Lim’s car,” he said at the Penang Road police station.

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DCP Abdul Rahim said once the death certificate had been issued, they would then submit an application for an inquest to the court.

DCP Abdul Rahim added that police also received a report from a man who confirmed that Lim was in the car at the scene when the lightning arrester fell.

Chin Aik had gone missing since last Thursday when a freak storm hit the state at about 7pm.

He was supposed to pick up his daughter Huie Juin, 13, from the Penang Chinese Girls’ School.

Forty-eight hours later, contractors who were clearing the debris at the scene stumbled upon car parts believed to be a Honda City.

Meanwhile, the Penang Municipal Council has instructed the Menara Umno building owner to appoint certified and competent engineers to do a thorough check on the building.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the owner, Tetuan JKP Sdn Bhd, has been given a seven-day notice to submit a safety and stability assessment report of the building.

Guan Eng said the council issued a notice under Section 85A of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 in May 2011.

When asked why no court action was taken against the owner, he said there was no provisions for the council to charge the owners in court.

MPPP Building Department director Yew Tung Seang said if the owner did not provide a report after the notice expiry date, they would engage a group of independent engineers to conduct checks on the building.

Earlier, Lim together with Deputy Chief Minister I Mohd Rashid Hasnon and DAP Tanjong division handed over a contribution worth RM19,000 to the family of Chin Aik.

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