2008/08/29 NST Online

Dr Masitah Mansor (left) inspecting the damage outside her house yesterday.

Dr Masitah Mansor (left) inspecting the damage outside her house yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Stop it now before someone is killed, demanded Damansara Heights residents after a landslip at the Damansara 21 project site on Wednesday here foced two families to abandon their homes.

The Damansara 21 project site on Wednesday here foced two families to abandon their homes.

Medan Damansara Residents Association assistant secretary Randhir Singh said the association had warned City Hall and the developer that it was too dangerous to proceed with the project.

“We repeatedly told them that it was not safe to build houses on the hill but they ignored us.

“City Hall said there was nothing to worry and they assured us our safety. But what are they going to say now?”

Linda Abdullah, a maid at Dr Masitah Mansor’s house, showing the kitchen door that was almost broken by the landslip.

Linda Abdullah, a maid at Dr Masitah Mansor’s house, showing the kitchen door that was almost broken by the landslip.

Selangor Dredging has started earthworks for 21 luxury bungalows priced between RM10 and RM15 million each on a hill slope.

City Hall approved the project in June, saying the developer had not contravened any conditions and regulations set by the Drainage and Irrigation Department and the Minerals and Geoscience Department.

Yesterday, Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, who visited the site of the landslip, said City Hall had only approved land clearing but not construction works.

Two families in Jalan Setiapuspa 1 fled their houses after a landslip at 5.15pm on Wednesday forced the zinc fence wall of their homes to collapse.

Dr Marsita Mansor, whose corner house was badly affected, estimated damage to her home at more than RM1 million as the family had carried out renovations before moving in six months ago.

The family and their neighbour were told by the Fire and Rescue Department to vacate the houses over fear of more landslips.

Dr Marsita said: “They were right. At 4am yesterday, we received a call from a neighbour that there was another landslip. Thank God we weren’t home.”

The landslip destroyed the side-wall fence near the sliding door and almost broke the kitchen door.

There were also cracks on the kitchen wall and tiles.

The two affected families are staying with friends in the area after rejecting an offer by the developers to house them in a hotel.

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