GEORGE TOWN: Gardener Zulkefli Tinggal, who works at the holiday resort in Batu Ferringhi here where a landslide killed four Myanmar construction workers last night, said he heard a “very loud thud” when attending to the gardens.
The 61-year-old said as soon as he heard the sound, he ran towards it and saw tonnes of earth crashing down.
He was about 50m from the site of the landslide.
“I saw the earth come crashing down but did not expect anyone to be buried. I immediately alerted my superior.
“I panicked when told there were victims inside and only managed to pray for their safety,” Zulkefli said when met.
Besides working as a gardener, he was also the resort’s security guard, having worked there for the past 11 years.
In the 9.25pm incident, the four foreigners were killed when they were buried under tonnes of earth which brought with it a giant tree root and some steel beams.
They had been employed by the resort to construct a new retention wall after cracks appeared in the old one.
More heart wrenching was the fact that the bodies of three of the victims were found standing, while holding on to the steel beams. The fourth victim was found lying.
One of the victims, known only as Ong, was said to have been employed by the land owner to build the retention wall for RM400 daily, over a duration of 20 days.
Ong had then invited his three friends to join him, and he shared the payment with them.