[A] local man was buried alive 80 feet underground after a makeshift mine shaft collapsed late Wednesday night.
The victim, a labourer, was identified by police as Chai Say Chong, 28, of Paku.
The incident happened around 11.30pm when Chai and several friends made their way to Gunung Tabai in Taiton allegedly to mine for gold illegally.
It was believed to have been the first time Chai had gone to the site, which according to police was one of the more ‘popular’ locations in the district among illegal miners....
I should note for the record that illegal mining practices are blamed when an accident involving illegal mining takes place; when accidents happen with legal mines, more specific causes are sought out. But, there's a common-sensical reason for blaming the illegality. Living under the shadow of the law, as Prohibition demonstrated, leads to hastier practices because one eye is on the watch for the cops. That's part of life in the black market.