2013-02-02 Save Bukit Gasing

02 February 2013

By SHEILA SRI PRIYA | streets@nstp.com.my

DANGER: The council’s failure to monitor the area affected by the Bukit Gasing landslides is worrying

PETALING JAYA: RESIDENTS fear the lackadaisical attitude  of the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)  towards the protection of the hill slope of Bukit Gasing  may  invite catastrophe.

Derek Fernandez says excuses about the slow tender process and other reasons for not monitoring the landslide area and taking interim preventive measures are unacceptable.

Derek Fernandez says excuses about the slow tender process and other reasons for not monitoring the landslide area and taking interim preventive measures are unacceptable.

The concern was conveyed by councillor Derek Fernandez during the council’s full board meeting on Thursday.

He said the council failed to play its role to ensure the hill slopes affected by the landslide on Jan 25 were well monitored, especially after the incident.

Fernandez said the area affected by the landslide, which is on private land, may still pose a danger to neighbouring areas if it’s not attended to.

“There were uprooted trees, and drains clogged with mud from the soil erosion.

“Tarpaulin sheets were also not placed on all areas of the affected site.

“Excuses about the slow tender process, and other reasons for not monitoring the situation are unacceptable.

“Disaster will strike when we least expect it. We are lucky to have been given warnings,” he said, adding that interim preventive measures, well supervised by those with the expertise, must be taken soon.

Fernandez also urged for more consideration for neighbouring residents such as those living at Fraser Tower.

He added that the landowners must be held responsible for the failure to safeguard their areas.

An earlier report by the Minerals and Geoscience Department Malaysia revealed that Bukit Gasing has the “Kenny Hills formation”.

This means the hill consists of rock and not reclaimed soil.

The findings were highlighted at the full board meeting.

Mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said recently she would make a site visit soon.

“All respective department heads must go to the site and see what needs to be done.

“If funds are lacking, inform me and the problem will be addressed,” she said.

A Streets visit after the full board meeting saw workers clearing the site.

Read more:‘Take landslide issue seriously’ – Latest – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/latest/take-landslide-issue-seriously-1.211369#ixzz2JjhEptNa

An excavator clearing up the area after the recent landslide at Bukit Gasing in Petaling Jaya. Pic by Mior Azfar Mior KamarulbaidRead more: 'Take landslide issue seriously'

An excavator clearing up the area after the recent landslide at Bukit Gasing in Petaling Jaya. Pic by Mior Azfar Mior Kamarulbaid
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