“No cracks on Penang Bridge,” insist Works Ministry, highway authority

THE Works Ministry and the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) have denied a viral post claiming that the Penang Bridge is cracking, adding that the video footage was an old video and that the incident had happened outside of Malaysia.

LLM said the results of an investigation by PLUS Malaysia Berhad and Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) had revealed that the incident did not occur on any part of the Penang Bridge or the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge structure.

“JKSB has made a police report today about the false allegations,” said the highway authority in a statement today (Oct 30).

“The Works Ministry and LLM wish to advise all parties to not share unverified information which might potentially create misunderstanding and fear among the people especially Penang Bridge and Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge users.”

Yesterday (Oct 29), a video footage went viral of cracks appearing on a bridge structure, with some claiming that the structure was the second Penang bridge or officially known as the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge.

In response to the viral footage, the Penang government had issued a denial, with State Infrastructure, Transport and Digital Development Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari saying that he had inspected the bridge with JKSB and found no such incident.

“The video went viral on WhatsApp but our investigation found that the incident actually occurred overseas around 2014,” he said in an official Facebook post yesterday.

Zairil had also urged the public to stop circulating the video and spreading fake news so as not to cause panic. – Oct 30, 2023


Main pic credit: Malay Mail

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