TAWAU: The tragic accident involving a Telekom Malaysia (TM) contract worker who was wearing his uniform during the Controlled Movement Order (MCO) period on April 24, although off-duty at the time, has raised questions over the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) compliance. District police chief ACP Peter Anak Umbuas said investigations revealed that Fadzil Yan B. Kassim, 30, was riding his motorbike heading toward Taman Semarak when he lost control and crashed into the Hot Spring roundabout.
He died at the scene but was still wearing the TM uniform.
While it may seem to be a self-inflicted road accident, some questioned whether there was an “oversight” on the part of TM in implementing the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), while operating during the MCO period, as mandated by the government as part of the measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
Company records and subsequent police reports lodged by the contractor involved, showed that on that particular day, the deceased was not involved in any maintenance work and had clocked out at noon.
The manager of Syarikat Ninaz Sdn. Bhd., Hasniah Mohd. Yunus, where the deceased worked, also revealed that no work order was issued during hours before the accident.
She clarified that the deceased was on standby at their office the day before and there was only one work order issued to a team at Sin Onn, where the work was completed at 2pm but the deceased was not involved.
She lodged a report, to put on record that the deceased was not involved in any maintenance work that day, and that he met with the fatal accident outside working hours.
“He left at noon when our office was closed for the day, and I have no idea why he wore the uniform when he was involved in the accident. But I was told by one of his colleagues that he intended to go to a friend’s house after work,” she said.
TM Sabah had issued a circular to all its contractors in the State barring them from using uniforms, tools and equipment bearing its official logo after working hours or in events or activities which unrelated to official duties.
TM Sabah declined to comment on the incident when contacted.