Quite a joke, this report. If anyone takes the ‘finding of the experts’ seriously, then all hillside development – approved, in progress or otherwise should be banned immediately and legislation enacted to make approving authorities fully accountable for lack of maintenance upkeep with perhaps insurance cover to those affected by such failure — in perpetuity. Of course such expectations are just pipe dreams.

Secondly knowing that the local council culture is that of non accountability, does it really matter whether it was ‘poor maintenance’ or that some mickey mouse consultants who declared that we have ‘safe technology’ to build on unstable hills, that was the cause of the slope failure?

Wouldn’t it simply have been much, much safer not to muck about on the hill slopes? But with so much money to be made, can we blame the poor councillors for getting into bed with Satan?

Ashok M

JAC for Bukit Gasing


The causes of landslides in Ampang

NST Streets, Jan 10, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: A one-year study by a team of experts found that slopes stabilised with ground anchors were not properly maintained.

The study, presented at the International Conference on Slopes 2008, identified poor maintenance and repair works as a critical issue in the Ampang area.

The study to assess and map hazards in landslide-prone Ulu Klang was commissioned by the Public Works Department’s Slope Engineering branch.

It covered an area of about 100 square kilometres from Cheras to the north of Taman Melawati.

The data from the study will be used to formulate measures and put in place an effective inspection and monitoring system in the area.

It will serve as a template for future hazard assessments and mapping projects to be carried out in other landslide prone areas.

Among the major factors causing slope failures in Ampang and Ulu Klang areas was poor maintenance of drainage systems for slopes.

There were areas with no drainage systems that could prevent surface runoff, the formation of ponds or water infiltration,

An optical remote sensing technology was also used to map out the terrain and produce a contour map of the study area.

Defects and problem areas were individually referenced according to housing estate and street name and GPS location to allow local authorities to conduct rectification