Company, manager, subcontractor charged

KOTA KINABALU (February 3): A Sabah electricity company and its regional manager and a contractor, who allegedly failed to ensure the safety of its staff who were repairing a broken cable line in Kampung Mondikot, Papar there is two years old, will be judged from February 21 to 25, as previously scheduled.

The case went through its final stage of case management before Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd Salim, here at Sessions Court on Tuesday.

Reporters were later told that the prosecution would have to call five witnesses.

The company and its regional manager, who were jointly charged with a sub-contractor, had previously sought a trial on charges brought under sections 17(1) and 15(1) respectively of the Safety Act 1994 and occupational health.

Both offenses are punishable under Section 19 of the same Act, which provides for a maximum fine of RM50,000 or two years imprisonment or both, if convicted.

The defendants allegedly failed in their responsibility to ensure that the victims, Ag Ku Sallam Awangku Amas, and other non-employees, were not exposed to safety and health risks, during the repair of the line electric broken in Sungai Mondikod on July 1st. 2020, from 11:15 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.

The company and its regional manager were represented by lawyer Rofendy Rauf while the subcontractor was represented by Ari Nadzrah.

Prosecutors Jinurah Sintian and Elisa Samuel from the Department of Safety and Health were prosecuted.