Relax folks, this is not of the Medan Damansara fame. But its close neighbour, this time, to two huge reservoirs. Just like we have in the Gasing Hills. Interestingly Derek Fernandez quipped at last Saturday’s anti-hill slope development gathering at the playground in Jalan Setiapuspa, that twice he said a landslides would occur and twice in a row it happened almost immediately. Looking at the steep denuded Medan Damansara hill, he added “there will be more!” The oracle of Delphi couldn’t have been any more impressive!

Ashok M


Landslip causes panic in Bukit Damansara
NST – Local News, Monday December 15, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Residents of Lorong Setiabistari in Bukit Damansara are living in fear of a landslide disaster, after a landslip occurred near the slope opposite their row of houses yesterday evening. The slope, which gave way from an estimated height of 20m, was several metres short of hitting the ground.

On top of the slope, two water reservoirs are sitting precariously, and any soil movement can rock them, causing thousands of gallons of water to flood the residential area.

City’s Fire and Rescue Department commander of operations Azizan Ismail said they received a distress call at 5.05pm and a fire engine from the Sri Hartamas station was rushed to scene.

“We have evaluated the extent of the landslip and have called in the authorities to check on the soil stability and movement. “For now, the situation is stable, but we are on standby for further signs,” he said, adding that a thorough investigation would be carried out today.

Several officers from the Public Works Department, City Hall and Malaysian Public Works Institute were also at the scene.

A resident, K. Jeyasekara, 31, said similar landslip had occurred five years ago, but it was a couple of metres away from yesterday’s spot. A retaining wall was later built.

“The retaining wall only covered the affected area. It should have covered the whole stretch, then this would not have happened.”

Another resident, who only wanted to be known as Steve, agreed, adding that his main concern was the reservoirs.

“A disaster is just waiting to happen with the reservoirs teetering on the edge of the slope.

“If the earth gives way or there is some movement, imagine what will happen,” he said.

Meanwhile, Brickfields police chief ACP Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid, who visited the scene, said police were monitoring the situation and the residents would be evacuated if needed.



Malay Mail By G. Prakash     December 15, 2008

Bkt Damansara on edge

A land slip at Bukit Damansara yesterday evening raised concern among residents in the area, the technical staff from the Public Works Department (PWD), firemen and the police, what with the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide tragedy still fresh in everyone’s minds….