SEMPORNA: The authority needs to launch an investigation into the second fire incident in Kg. Bangau-Bangau due to the suspicion of arson.
Bugaya State Assemblyman (ADUN), Datuk Ramlee Marhaban, said it is peculiar for a second fire incident to occur at the same location, eleven days after the first fire incident.
“It is surprising for the second fire incident to occur. That is why we are asking for the District Officer who is also the chairman of the District Natural Disaster Relief Committee to launch a detailed investigation with the help of police regarding on the fire disaster.
“We are worried if the fire was started by irresponsible people,” he said when met after visiting the fire victims at Dewan Masyarakat Semporna, today.
461 victims from 75 families loses their properties in the second fire incident in Kg. Bangau-Bangau, destroying 64 houses.
The fire at the water village settlement is the second one within 11 days, after the same incident happened in 25 March when 233 houses were destroyed and affecting 2,600 residents.
Ramlee, who is also the state Deputy Finance Minister, said the authority needs to investigate from every angle of possibility.
“We also wants JKKK and the villagers to give their full cooperation to the authority to make sure the investigation will run smoothly,” he added.
According to him, related parties are now in the process of channeling aid supports including RM500 cash donation, while the District Office is still completing the task of listing the names of the affected victims. – SayangSabah