Read and you’ll see the half baked, cautious and conditional ban and freeze, that leaves ample room for development to resume once the heat of the moment subsides. This lack of will to safeguard human lives is what happens when the Government gets into business – profits before principles.

If the 25 – 35 degree slopes are to be ‘studied further, for reinforcement, etc etc’ which in all probability will not be worth the paper that its written on, we should demand, that there must be an additional guarantee in perpetuity of a landslide insurance against loss of life and property for all affected stakeholders in and around the development project, to be borne by the Government, Federal or Local body giving the project development approval.

Ashok M

JAC for Bukit Gasing

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FLASH:No development on steep hillslopes
Bernama, NST Frontpage, December 12, 2008
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Friday/Frontpage/20081212172050/Article/index_html

KUALA LUMPUR, FRI:

The Federal Territory Ministry today decided not to allow any development projects on hillslopes of more than 35 degree gradient and freezes projects on hillslopes with gradient of between 26 to 35 degree, its minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique said in Putrajaya.

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No development on hill slopes exceeding 35 degrees gradient in FT
Bernama, NST Frontpage, December 12, 2008
http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Friday/NewsBreak/20081212194954/Article/index_html

PUTRAJAYA, FRI:

The Federal Territories Ministry today decided to disallow any development on hill slopes with a gradient of more than 35 degrees in the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. Its minister, Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique said projects on hill slopes with a gradient of 26 to 35 degrees would be frozen until such time when a proper planning, design and control system had been devised and enforced by the government.

“However, the developers or contractors of the affected projects will be asked to carry out work to reinforce the soil structure including constructing a proper drainage system to ensure that the soil structure is safe from landslides,” he told reporters at a press conference at his office, here today.

Zulhasnan said that for projects on hill slopes that had already been approved, the developers or contractors would not be allowed to carry out earth works or building construction until the government had reached a decision.

“The Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment are carrying out studies on this matter and they will issue guidelines on such developments soon, and whether these projects would continue will depend on these guidelines,” he said.

Zulhasnan said that currently three projects in Kuala Lumpur had been identified as risky, namely the development of 21 units of bungalows in Medan Damansara, the development of a block of service apartments in Bukit Ceylon, and the development of bungalows on Bukit Gasing.

For the projects in Medan Damansara and Bukit Ceylon, he said the developers had been ordered to stop development work and, instead, asked to reinforce the slopes as had been approved.

For the project in Bukit Gasing, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had postponed consideration for the application to build individual bungalows as the case had been taken to court because the residents of Taman Bukit Gasing were not happy with the approval given for the project.

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