Family to consult Penang bridge victim's widows over compensation

Second Penang bridge collapse.

George Town - The family of Tajudin Zainal Abidin, who died in the flyover ramp collapse, will consult his two widows before they decide on the quantum of damages that they plan to seek in their impending civil suit against the project developer and contractor.

Tajudin was pinned under slabs of steel and concrete when one of the ramps connected to the second Penang bridge collapsed and crushed his car on Thursday night.

His brother Khairudin Zainal Abidin, 44, said the family was planning to take legal action against the developer Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) and contractor Cergas Murni Sdn Bhd.

Family discussions were now taking place with both the widows' families, he said.

"We will be taking legal action against them. We are just not sure of the amount yet," he said yesterday.

Tajudin, a former policeman who later become a businessman, leaves behind first wife Shara Ismail, 44, second wife Sharifah Ramli, 40, and four children Nur Izzati Syahirah, 12, Nur Izzati Syafiqah, eight (children with Shara), Nur Aini Shazwani, 11, and Nur Ain Maisara, seven (children with Sharifah).

Khairudin also said Tajudin's children were still in a state of shock since their father's passing.

Meanwhile,Bernama quoted JKSB construction director Mohd Ashari Alias as saying that "we could face the possibility of a delay in the completion of the whole project but we will make up for lost time".

He said the ramp which collapsed was Ramp Two linking Batu Maung to the bridge but work on the remaining three ramps had also stopped since last week.

He explained that the bridge had four ramps Ramp One linking the bridge to George Town, Ramp Two linking Batu Maung to the bridge, Ramp Three linking the bridge to Batu Maung and Ramp Four linking George Town to the bridge.

"We can only resume work after DOSH (Department of Occupational Health and Safety) has completed its investigation on Ramp Two," he said.

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