Further to the report on the recent Sri Maha Kaliamman temple landslide on Bukit Gasing, here are two other articles that recently appeared in the SUN. It is apparent from the first report that…
1. Landslides continue to happen on Bukit Gasing
2. The local authorities are quick to absolve themselves of any responsibility, when landslides happen.
3. Safety concerns to human life are the least on their minds.
 
Now contrast the first report with the second (from a tax-payer) and it becomes so clear how self serving governments and their civil servants have become.
 
Ashok
 
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Landslide not caused by renovations: MBPJ
By Meena L. Ramadas, SUN, News Without Borders, June 3, 2010

http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=47526
PETALING JAYA (June 3, 2010) : The landslide which damaged the Sri Maha Kaliamman temple at Bukit Gasing on Tuesday was not caused by renovations at the Sivan temple located further uphill, according to a Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) official.
Replying to queries from theSun, MBPJ Engineering Department director Cheremi Tarman denied that the landslide was caused by the renovations and attributed it to “natural causes”. “The Sivan temple authorities have spent a lot of money on slope protection so the renovations could not have caused the landslide,” he said.
According to a devotee of the Sivan temple, the renovations have been ongoing for about five years.
MBPJ Building Supervision Department assistant director II Ismathinoon Abd. Rahman said MBPJ is investigating the landslide. “Our technical staff have visited the site and we are waiting for the report,” Ismathinoon said. He said the department is checking to ascertain if the Sri Maha Kaliamman temple’s construction and extension were approved by the council.
Tuesday’s landslide damaged the back portion of the Sri Maha Kaliamman temple which had been recently extended. The extension had been done for safety reasons as the temple was hit by two landslides in 2006.
Temple chairman P. Puharasan, 29, appealed to the state government to assist them to find a suitable location to relocate the temple. When contacted, State Executive Councillor for Health, Plantation Workers, Poverty and Caring Government Dr. Xavier Jayakumar said the temple is not registered with the state government.
He said the temple committee must relay the matter to their assemblyman Edward Lee so that the matter can be brought to the state government. He said the state is very concerned with hillside development and the public must seek state approval to erect buildings on slopes
 
Wait for landslide probe

theSUN, SPEAK UP! :: Letters, June 6, 2010
http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=47617
SOMETHING appears to be not quite right in the reactions of various parties to the landslide on Bukit Gasing in Petaling Jaya. MBPJ Engineering Department director Cheremi Tarman is reported to have attributed the landslide to natural causes, “Landslide due to natural causes: Council” (News without borders, June 4).
One wonders how he had so quickly come to that conclusion, just a day after the incident. His statement is not congruent with that of MBPJ Building Supervision Department assistant director II Ismathinoon Abd Rahman, who, in the same report, is quoted as saying that MBPJ is still investigating. Even more disturbing is his comment that his department will ascertain if the construction and extension were approved by the council.
Tarman’s conviction that the landslide is due to natural causes appears to be based on the fact that the “Sivan temple authorities have spent a lot of money on slope construction.” Surely the director of engineering would know that it is not the quantum of money spent, but the design and conformance to specifications that is of much more importance.
I also recall concerns being expressed about the safety aspects and environmental impact issues surrounding the renovations being carried out about a year ago.
May I suggest that theSun explore these inconsistencies and perhaps delve a little deeper into the history of the renovations (which is reported to have been going on for the last five years), and whether all statutory and regulatory requirements have been complied with.
It may also be interesting to inquire into whether the two spokesmen had any role in the renovation works.
Joseph Paul Maliamauv
Seremban

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