GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Island City Council (MBPP), led by its mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang, today paid their last respects to Yong Geeng Huei, 53, who died on Tuesday after a century-old Angsana tree uprooted and crashed into his Proton Wira along Jalan Perak here.
Yew, accompanied by MBPP secretary Datuk Ir Addnan Mohd Razali, several MBPP councillors and council officers, spent some time at Yong's wake, held in Serdang, Kedah.
The MBPP said in a statement that the city council regretted the whole accident and extended their heartfelt condolences to Yong's family.
"During the meeting with family members, MBPP also assures that it will provide the necessary assistance to the bereaved family," it said.
The city council also said that an internal probe was being conducted into the accident.
"We also want to announce that we have appointed experts, including the curator of the Penang Botanic Gardens Datuk Dr Saw Leng Guan, the Institute of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) Penang branch and the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) nothern chapter to identify the cause of the incident.
"These experts will them make the necessary recommendations to the MBPP," it said.
It was reported that Yong was killed when a huge Angsana tree uprooted and crashed on his car following continuous downpour early Tuesday morning.
He was on his way to work at a car repair workshop when the incident occurred along Jalan Perak.
Several businesses nearby had claimed that the Angsana tree was not there previously, and had only been replanted at the current site in 2018.
Batu Lanchang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong even told the New Straits Times that he would get a MBPP arborist to explain the incident.
Soon after the incident, the city council had assured the Angsana tree, which was transplanted at the junction of Jalan Perak and Jalan Lenggong, was replanted by a certified arborist.
The replanting of the Angsana tree was carried out in accordance to all the guidelines stipulated, including tree hazard assessment before the replanting application was approved.