Malacca chief police said Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said that three people were killed after a shopping mall under construction at Pulau Sebang here, collapsed this afternoon.

The incident occurred at a Mydin shopping complex at around 2.16pm today and all the victims were reported to be construction workers.

Six other construction workers had sustained from both mild and serious injuries.

"In the incident, the worker was allegedly opening one of the cement mixer on the first floor of the building when it collapsed.

"We are investigating the cause of the incident and will conduct a comprehensive investigation on the entire structure of the building to ensure that it is safe," said Ghye Lye when met on-site.

Earlier, Malacca Fire and Rescue Department Director, Nazili Mahmood, told Astro AWANI that only nine workers were involved in the tragedy.

“The victim who was killed was a Bangladeshi. We are currently using K9 unit’s assistance to trace any other workers trapped underneath the rubble,” said Nazili.

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The search and rescue efforts involved 78 personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department with seven fire engines from the Alor Gajah, Kubu, Masjid Tanah and Bukit Katil stations.

A total of 21 police personnel and officers from the Civil Defence Department, the Alor Gajah Municipal Council and the Health Department were also on hand to assist in the rescue efforts.

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