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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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Hand over of 1,240 objections by CSKL representatives

A delegation of representatives from 8 RAs were at DBKL office in KL this morning to hand over some 1240 objections from residents who were highly concerned at Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan. President of Coalition to Save Kuala Lumpur (CSKL), Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman and CSKL legal advisor, Derek Fernandez both explained to the Press present to witness the handing over, some of the key objections to DKLCP.

There were 10 key generic objections, covering the illegality of DKLCP, the Public Opinion Hearing Committee, Population Density assumptions, Transportation, Environment and many other areas that were inadequately covered and explained. Objections also covered two key areas, Federal Hill and Bukit Gasing, that glaringly demonstrates in more specific manner the deeply flawed and poorly considered DKLCP.

CSKL also highlighted that many more objections had been submitted directly by RAs across KL and many more residents will be submitting more up to the closing date of 31st August.  Derek Fernandez also highlighted that it is wrong for DBKL to suggests that this Friday (29th August) would be the last day as legally when closing date falls on a weekend or public holiday, then the closing date will be the next working day. Again, this illustrates the high handed manner DBKL discharges its responsibilities to the public it claims to serve.

Please look out for press reports for more information.

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Gary Yeoh

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