Slippery slope, sliding standards?

The death of four people (so far) arising from the landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa in Kuala Lumpur is indeed tragic and should serve as yet another wake up call to Malaysians in general and politicians, developers and professionals concerned in particular.

But how many more of such landslides (including the one at Highland Towers) do we need before the authorities really sit up and take extreme precaution when it comes to ‘development’ along hillside?

Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi insisted that ‘enough is enough’, and we earnestly hope that enough is indeed enough! Profits (out of hillside housing projects) should not come before people and their priceless lives.

Below is an extract from The Star report:

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has ordered all hillside housing projects at Bukit Antarabangsa here to be halted pending a soil stability study by the Malaysian Public Works Institute (Ikram).

Abdullah said all future projects too would also be stopped in order to prevent any further worsening of the soil conditions at the hilly area.

“I am sure this will incur the wrath of individual land owners and developers but enough is enough,” he told reporters Saturday after visiting the landslide-hit area here.

He said no further risks should be taken after two warnings of the impending dangers were issued first by the Highland Towers condominium collapse in the 1993 and then by Saturday’s tragedy.

“But Malaysians never want to learn from past experiences, they want a good view (scenery) while developers only seek to profit but no one takes safety and soil stability into consideration.

“We will be courting more tragedies if we don’t (show) care and protect hillsides, and developers will stand to lose more,” he said.

Abdullah said the soil at the landslide-hit area was unstable as it was a water catchment area and the heavy rain recently could have been a factor for the tragedy that killed three people and left six more suspectedly buried under the pile of earth.

He said he was also told there was a building project nearby the site and this could have been another contributor to the disaster.

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3 Responses to “Slippery slope, sliding standards?”


  1. 1 bangsa Cina Malaysia 7 December 2008 at 9:50 am

    Asalamualaikum ,

    Inilah akibatnya mengacau alam semulajadi kurniaan Allah
    yang sepatutnya dijaga dan dipelihara untuk kesejahteraan
    manusia.

    Pihak pemaju dan ahli politik sama sama untung.

    Percayalah lepas 3 bulan semua kembali seperti biasa
    dan akan dilupai sehingga berlaku kejadian yang tidak diingini seterusnya.

    Inilah Kerajaan Malaysia Boleh.

    Ameeen

  2. 2 Journo 7 December 2008 at 6:43 pm

    My suggestion is to make the entire Cabinet live on those hillslopes. Maybe then, we will see some action taken against errant developers, consultants, district officials, etc. And maybe then there will no longer be buildings erected precariously on water catchment areas.

    -journo-

  3. 3 Jackie Teo 7 December 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Prevention is better than cure. While I note the good intentions by the new ruling Selangor government, may I know what measures have been taken for those houses or apartments/condos that have already been built and going to be approved by the municipal council such as MPAJ?

    I have a concern because the apartment I bought shows cracks all over. It’s at Block B, Pandan Perdana Lake View Apartment, K.L. I have written to MPAJ, Land Exco & my constituent YB to ask the safety condition of this building but to date, no answers have been given.

    I have proof of letters & emails from MPAJ copied to the Yang Dipertua Dato Mohammad Yacob to show that at initial stage, MPAJ hold the developer responsible and then later confirms the other as the management has been transferred from the developer owned management team to a new entity. My question is whether the bad condition was discussed & transferred???

    One thing is confirmed by MPAJ – Jika ia melibatkan struktur bangunan tiada tempoh kecacatan.

    Now that’s the question I am asking!

    If the structure is Ok, then it is safe for me to occupy and as such, if the building collapses one day, we know who to send the bill to!

    I hope you can agree prevention is better than cure! We should have programmes to check the living ones instead of praying for the lost ones.

    We should have MPAJ who are at tax payers’ cost to have preventive measures!!! A responsible body to protect the people!!!

    It’s time for all of us to remember the price the society will pay if we have irresponsible developers along with a group of complacent Corporate Governance Officers around!!!


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