3 workers killed in Malaysia after roof of shopping mall collapses: Police

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK/AFP) - Three workers were killed and 19 others were injured after a roof of a three-storey, under-construction shopping mall collapsed in the southern Malaysian state of Malacca, the police said on Monday.

The municipal council has issued a stop work order at a shopping mall here after the indicent. Municipal officials were seen placing the stop work notices at the site in Pulau Sebang following the collapse at about 2.30pm.

Mr Razali Sabar, the local deputy police chief, said the deadly incident happened when part of the building's "roof structure" collapsed during construction in the district of Alor Gajah. "I can confirm that one worker has been killed and three were injured," he told AFP.

"Rescue personnel are now clearing the concrete slabs to find if there are any workers trapped under the rubble," he said, adding that most of the workers at the construction site were from Bangladesh while others were of Rohingya origin.

State Human Resources and NGO Affairs committee chairman M.S.Mahadevan said at least 19 workers were injured in the incident when the roof in the mezzanine floor came down.

Three workers were confirmed killed and three others were in critical condition.

Malaysia, South-east Asia's third-largest economy, has always attracted a steady flow of foreign workers on the back of impressive economic growth especially in the construction, plantation and service sectors.