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The Malay Mail

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013 – 11:40
Location:
PETALING JAYA

 

Bukit Gasing landslip

 

MUDDY: Silt from the hillslope flows onto Jalan 5/60, near Frasers Towers in Bukit Gasing, after more rain yesterday. Four landslips had been reported in the area last week

 

THE slopes of Bukit Gasing need to be assessed using a methodical approach, according to geotechnical engineer Gue See-Sew.

Gue, who is also the chairman of the Expert Standing Committee on Slope Safety established by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) recently, said they were looking into institutionalising solutions for landslides in Malaysia.

“We have to explore the design, construction and supervision as well as maintenance of slopes,” he said. “We must focus on these issues and find solutions to mitigate them with a systematic way of tackling them.”

Gue said although the new guidelines for slopes were sufficient, hazard and risk analysis needed to be carried out on old slopes.

“If it is a high risk area, local authorities have to issue orders to investigate and strengthen the slopes there,” he said.

SlopeWatch programme director Eriko Motoyama said they had been receiving reports from Bukit Gasing residents regarding landslides for a year but they still needed to look at various aspects before getting involved.

SlopeWatch would then assist residents in ensuring their concerns were heard by the authorities.

Bukit Gasing, which falls within the custody of both Petaling Jaya Municipal Council and Kuala Lumpur City Hall, experienced a number of landslips on Friday and over the weekend.

Petaling Jaya councillor Derek Fernandez said this was the second occurrence of landslides there in the past month and cautioned that nature would not wait for tenders and processes.

Yesterday, The Malay Mail reported that Maxwell Towers residents’ association and joint action committee for Bukit Gasing member Gary Yeoh had also pointed out a collapsed wall in a nearby sewage treatment plant aside from the landslides previously reported.

The sewage treatment company said they would investigate the cause for the collapsed wall.

There are two other condominium towers on Bukit Gasing other than Maxwell Towers. They are Frasers Towers and Cameron Towers

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Nurul Izzah (center) and Hannah (2nd.from right) showing the extend of the damage caused to Bukit Gasing.

Nurul Izzah (center) and Hannah (2nd.from right) showing the extend of the damage caused to Bukit Gasing.

http://fz.com/content/have-emergency-response-team-mbpj-told

By Stephanie Sta Maria

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 29): Property developer Gasing Meridian has shot down news reports that have linked its development work to recent landslides in Bukit Gasing.

Its managing director, Kenneth Tan, voiced his concern during a press conference today over the media’s apparent confusion as to the location of the landslides.
“I cannot speak for the other sites but there have been no landslides at Gasing Meridian,” he said. “I survey the area on a regular basis and let me officially say, there have been no landslides. Period.”
Gasing Meridian is the developer of the Sanctuary Ridge Kuala Lumpur project that will see 70 luxury bungalows being built in Bukit Gasing.
The developer recently won a five-year legal battle against Bukit Gasing residents who wanted the project stopped for fear of landslides and environmental damage.
Four landslides took place in Bukit Gasing over the past week. One occurred close to Maxwell Towers and news reports have linked it to Gasing Meridian’s development work.
Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee member Gary Yeoh today showed the media what he said were photographs of the landslides including the one near Maxwell Towers.
After looking at the photos, however, Tan said that the area in question was not on Gasing Meridian’s site.
“We take our responsibility as a developer very seriously,” said Tan. “We’re developing the area step by step which is the right procedure.”
“When we expose the earth it looks like a landslide has occurred but it is actually man-made hill cutting.”
“We’ve also set up adequate buffer zones between our development site and residential areas including Gasing Indah and the Syabas pipeline and reservoir,” he added.
Tan said the Sanctuary Ridge project had undergone thorough investigations that spanned four years and subjected it to the scrutiny of 13 agencies, including the Department of Environment and the Department of Minerals and Geoscience.
A Maxwell Tower resident later took fz.com to his apartment on the 23rd floor, where we had a direct view of the alleged landslide area. The patch of exposed land was behind a green fence which Victor Oorjitham said was on Gasing Meridian’s development site.
Victor, 82, pointed out that the distance of the buffer zone between the green fence and Maxwell Tower’s wire fence was very narrow and that any further landslides would affect the apartment residents.
Yeoh meanwhile appealed to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to relook at all hill slope developments and keep the Bukit Gasing residents informed on monitoring procedures and reports.
The Sanctuary Ridge project area on top of Bukit Gasing, comes under the jurisdiction of DBKL.

The Sanctuary Ridge project area on top of Bukit Gasing, comes under the jurisdiction of DBKL.

Fresh concerns over safety as earth and wall give way after downpour

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013 – 11:47
Location:
PETALING JAYA
landslide at bukit gasing

SLIPPERY SLOPE: One of the many sections of Bukit Gasing along Jalan 5/60 where landslips occurred over the weekend — Pix: RAZAK GHAZALI

OVER the weekend, landslips have occurred on Bukit Gasing, on both sides of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

A section of a wall surrounding a nearby sewage treatment plant in Taman Gasing Indah also collapsed, possibly due to a silt slide which breached the hoarding alongside it.

A member of the Maxwell Towers residents association and joint action committee for Bukit Gasing, Gary Yeoh, said the landslips on the Kuala Lumpur side were clearly visible.

“A landslip can be seen from Maxwell Towers, about 10m from the border,” he said.

He said he was informed of the landslip by a neighbour after a downpour on Friday. “About 10m of the boundary wall of a sewage treatment plant outside the main gate (of the development) had also fallen,” he said.

Petaling Jaya councillor Derek Fernandez said Friday’s three landslips on the Petaling Jaya side near Fraser Towers were a serious matter as it was the second time that landslips had been reported within a month.

The previous incident had taken place last Christmas. “It is a clear indication the slope is not stable,” he said.

landslide at bukit gasing

COLLAPSED: A fallen boundary wall. Bukit Gasing residents fear that the next structure giving way could be their homes

“Further landslides could cause loss of life or property, especially for residents of Fraser Towers.”

He said he had highlighted the matter to the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council and the state government but it had been a month and no eff ective measures had been taken.

“I understand that the land is privately owned but as the government, we cannot wait for irresponsible landowners to do the needful,” he said.

landslide at bukit gasing

YEOH: Says landslip on Kuala Lumpur side visible from Maxwell Towers

“We have the power to enter their land and take the necessary action to stabilise the slope and improve the drainage without their consent and hold them liable for the cost and losses and threat to public safety.”

Fernandez also suggested that the state government forfeit the land of such irresponsible landowners.

He said he had warned Kuala Lumpur City Hall about the situation on their side and highlighted the matter in the Federal Court.

“So, if anyone dies (there), City Hall must take responsibility,” he said.

Attempts to contact the developer, sewage treatment plant operator, as well as City Hall were unsuccessful.

 

http://www.mmail.com.my/story/landslips-bukit-gasing-45399

 

Precarious parcel – one of the landslip sites in Bukit Gasing that is giving residents the jitters. SUNPIX

Posted on 6 December 2012 – 05:28am

Elly Fazaniza
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PETALING JAYA (Dec 6, 2012): Bukit Gasing residents have again urged the local authority not to approve development on the hill slope following the discovery of two more sites of soil erosion and landslip in the area three days ago.

Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee member Gary Yeoh told theSun earlier this week the residents were concerned that development on the fragile slope would pose a danger to them.

“We want the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to conduct engineering and environmental studies to determine the causes of the soil erosion,” he said.

“The MBPJ should also not approve the proposal to build 18 bungalows in the area,” he added.

However, he commended the MBPJ on its effort to consult with the residents on development plans.

Last Friday, residents detected four landslip sites along Jalan 5/60 and similar erosion was seen near an abandoned bungalow plot at Jalan 5/64.

Petaling Jaya councillor Derek Fernandez had reportedly said he would propose that the council impose a stricter process for hillside development, including the need for a mandatory independent audit by geo-technical engineers, as well as the mandatory appointment of specialist contractors with proven hillside construction experience.

When contacted, Fernandez said some 50 residents attended the first consultation at MBPJ last week on a proposal to build 18 bungalow lots near Taman Petaling (Girls) Secondary School within the Bukit Gasing area.

He said the residents would meet again within two weeks after receiving the geotech documents from the developer.

Checks by theSun revealed soil erosion behind a shrine at the Sri Maha Sivabatrakaliamman temple at Jalan 5/64 and a fresh landslip with a “sold” sign near Fraser Towers at Jalan 5/60 which was not covered with tarpaulin.

In addition, there were no signs to warn the public of the hill slope debris on the road.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/558214

CAUSE FOR CONCERN: Mounts of earth and fallen trees were spotted along some sections of Jalan 5/60 in Bukit Gasing. Pix: NST

CAUSE FOR CONCERN: Mounts of earth and fallen trees were spotted along some sections of Jalan 5/60 in Bukit Gasing. Pix: NST

Friday, 30 November 2012 12:20

PETALING JAYA: Three pockets of landslips along Jalan 5/60 in Bukit Gasing, here, were spotted by residents during the wee hours of the morning yesterday.

A check by the New Straits Times Streets revealed soil movements on the hill slopes of the privately owned vacant bungalow lots. The road leading towards Fraser Towers is one of the main access roads used by the residents there.

Resident Daniel Pang, 50, said many residents lived in fear due to the recurring landslips here.

“Just three weeks ago two large trees uprooted and blocked the road. Fraser Tower residents could not drive out.”

“We feel that there are parts of Bukit Gasing which are unstable. The authorities must make sure the maintenance of the hill slopes are done regularly.”

Similar erosion was also noticed near an abandoned bungalow plot in Jalan 5/64. Due to the earth movement, some trees had fallen and obstructed the road.

“It could pose a danger, especially after dark, if it was left uncleared,” said a resident who wished not to be named.

The resident claimed that the bungalow project was abandoned 10 years ago.

“We are tired of filing complaints to the authorities. Upcoming bungalow projects need to be monitored, the area cordoned off and the slope strengthened.”

Maxwell Towers resident Gary Yeoh, 58, wants Petaling Jaya City Council to inspect the safety of the hills on the Petaling Jaya side.

“I want to know what course of action Petaling Jaya City Council will undertake. There is a recurrence of soil erosions here,” said Yeoh.

Petaling Jaya councillor Derek Fernandez said the persistent slope failures at Bukit Gasing are consistent with the observations and fears of the residents from the neighbourhood.

“I will be moving a motion at the council for a much stricter process for hillside development.

“This includes the need for a mandatory independent audit by the geo-technical engineers to gather information, supervise and oversee the construction phases.

“As well as mandatory use of specialist contractors with proven hillside construction experience,” he said.

When contacted, a city council officer said it will clear the uprooted trees on the roads there.

– Sheila Sri Priya / New Straits Times

http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/jitters-over-early-morning-landslips-1.178653

KUALA LUMPUR: The housing project at Bukit Gasing did not violate safety requirements imposed by KL City Hall, said KL Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib.

He said Sanctuary Ridge Kuala Lumpur City developer Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd had abided by conditions stipulated for the hillslope project by cutting the slopes in stages and building proper drainage systems for the current rainy season.

“Officers and technicians are at the side every day to inspect the construction and ensure the process is carried out smoothly as it is a highly sensitive area,” he told reporters after visiting the site yesterday.

Ahmad was responding to concerns raised by the Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee on Monday that landslips may occur.

Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee member Gary Yeoh had said the residents feared that the cutting of the steep hill was not safe, and may have dangerous consequences on the neighbourhood.

He also called on City Hall to hold a public hearing for the residents and assure them that the development is safe.

Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd managing director Kenneth Tan, meanwhile, explained that the plastic sheets that residents see during the construction were put up to deter rainwater from seeping into the soil and flow out during the rain.

“When we build the slopes, we also install berms and berm drains to allow water from the surface to flow to the silt trap that we set up at the southeast corner of the construction site,” he said.

 

http://www.malaysiandigest.com/news/36-local2/160092-bukit-gasing-project-did-not-violate-requirements.html

 

 

Posted on 5 November 2012 – 08:41pm
Last updated on 6 November 2012 – 09:01am

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 5, 2012): Residents around Bukit Gasing, where a development project is currently ongoing, are living in fear of potential landslips occurring during the rainy season.

Bukit Gasing Joint Action Committee member Gary Yeoh called on Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to hold a public hearing for the residents and assure them that the Sanctuary Ridge Kuala Lumpur City is a safe project.

He said the residents’ fears are justified as attempts by developer Gasing Meridien Sdn Bhd to sculpture the steep hill to suit the construction of houses brought dire consequences to the neighbourhood.

“Almost 50% of the hill has slopes with a gradient of more than 25 degrees, making it impossible for development.

“If the developer continues to commence earthworks, it is equivalent to inviting disaster to the site,” he told theSun today after visiting the site upon receiving complaints from residents.

He said he had been informed that massive diggers were surrounding the housing area due to an alleged landslip that happened yesterday morning.

“The diggers were trying to clear the landslip and had the earth transported on lorries,” he claimed.

The residents have opposed the project over fears that it will result in a predicament similar to the Bukit Antarabangsa tragedy in 2008.

However, the Federal Court had on Oct 3 dismissed a leave application by residents to appeal against the Kuala Lumpur mayor and developer to stop the development order for the 15.52ha site in Bukit Gasing to build 69 bungalow lots. In response, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib told theSun he is not aware of the alleged landslip.

There are plans by DBKL to organise a site visit soon.

“We have been receiving complaints from residents. So, we will check to see if the developer follows requirements while conducting earthworks,” he said.

Asked if the earthworks will be stopped due to the landslip, he said he will have to discuss it with the developer.

He added that a team of DBKL officers will be sent there to check on the situation.

Trekkers showing their support for the cause.

Writer: Brenda Ch’ng
Published: Fri, 30 Mar 2012

PETALING JAYA: About 100 trekkers showed up at Hutan Pendidikan Bukit Gasing after receiving a virtual call on Facebook to save the hill from development last Saturday.

The walk, titled Gasing Hill Fun Walk, was organised by nearby residents and regular hikers who want the hill to be preserved as a green lung.

“We hope City Hall (DBKL) will hear our pleas and halt plans to build 69 bungalow units on the 15ha land along the hill slope,” said Joint Action Group for Bukit Gasing committee member Gary Yeoh.

The 57-year-old Bukit Gasing resident pointed out that deforestation and development might lead to landslides, endangering nearby residents.

Early this month, residents claimed that a landslip occurred on the hillside development after a downpour, but the claim was denied by the developer.

Residents say a similar incident occurred almost at the same spot shortly after Chinese New Year.

These incidents are also raising fears among residents living directly below the project site, which commenced work last August.

“If this keeps happening, we won’t have a green lung and a place to exercise any more,” said Yeoh.

He pointed out that the hill attracts more than 1,000 hikers every weekend, along with at least 50 new walkers everyday.

Joining him for the walk was another committee member Daniel Tang, who was glad that many showed up in support of the cause.

“It’s a good turnout, but more people should come out to show their support,” said the 50-year-old resident.

The committee, which has campaigned against the project since 2006, recently appealed to the Federal Court for a public hearing with DBKL.

However, the Court of Appeal ruled against the public hearing on March 6.

The public hearing was not required under the Federal Territory (Planning) Act 1982 as the project does not involve changes in land use.

“I hope Bukit Gasing will be protected as it is the only hill I can exercise in near my home,” said Subang resident Ivy Chong, 60, who made her first climb last Saturday and is looking forward to coming back every weekend.

“There are no hills or forests near my home in Subang. The nearest place to exercise is Bukit Gasing,” she said.

Joining her was Shirley Tan, who also came all the way from USJ2 to show her support.

“This is my fourth time here and I really hope this green area will be protected and preserved for the public,” said 55-year-old Tan.

Both Chong and Tan came together with family and friends to spend an hour climbing Bukit Gasing.

Petaling Jaya City Councillor (MBPJ) Derek Fernandez also joined the residents for the climb.

Selangor Times

When landslips occurred on Bukit Gasing on evening of 7th March 2012 there were flash floods in KL. There was even a landslide that claimed a child in Kampong Attap area.

On top of all this and probably on the same day, there were at least 5 landslides along Jalan Robson (road next to Jalan Syed Putra) and Persiaran Endah (road leading to Thean Hou Temple and Robson Heights Condo). Until probably sometime yesterday, Jalan Robson was partially block because of the massive landslide. It’s only by God’s grace that there were no fatalities when these landslides occur.

FT Minister and Mayor of KL must recognize that steep hill slopes needs attention. For them to allow development development on steep hill slopes of Bukit Gasing is to set a time bomb for residents of Bukit Gasing. As landslips on current earthworks have shown, the removal of trees and vegetation exposes the hill to potential landslides.
Can we trust FT Ministry and Mayor of KL to care for our safety? Do share this with your friends.. let people know what the MSM have little interest to highlight to the public.

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KL Landslides that the Mayor and Datuk Raja Nong Cik won't like to have publicized

KL Landslides that the Mayor and Datuk Raja Nong Cik won't like to have publicized...Photos By GYeoh

They also question City Hall’s lack of open discussion on development project

MONDAY, MARCH 05, 2012 – 14:37

KUALA LUMPUR: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Bukit Gasing wants Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to release the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the proposed development on the hill.

Yesterday, about 100 residents affected by the proposed development in Gasing Indah (on the Kuala Lumpur side) gathered to press their case, ahead of a Court of Appeal decision tomorrow.

The residents applied for a judicial review in the High Court in 2008 challenging City Hall’s approval of the development. However, they were denied the right to be heard and appealed against the decision in the Court of Appeal.

Spokesman for the joint committee Gary Yeoh, 57, said: “I am questioning why was there no public hearing by City Hall before approval.

“In November 2007, during a meeting with City Hall, they told us the land had been subdivided but no development will be granted to the developer.

“The following month, we received a letter from City Hall stating the development will continue without a public hearing.”

He said so far more than 108 petitions from residents from the surrounding communities were sent to the developer and City Hall since 2007.

“We are not against development but we want City Hall to provide us with the EIA report for safety and security reasons.

“If they continue with the project, it will adversely affect the ecology and environment of Bukit Gasing and our safety,” he said.

Also present were Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and PJ South MP Hee Loy Sian.

JAC and other representatives of residents’ associations have opposed Meridian Sdn Bhd’s (GMSB) proposed development since early 2006, for fear of landslides and safety issues.

It is said that since 1993, there have been 14 major landslides, with press reports that indicated at least 68 fatalities apart from the millions of ringgit in loses.

JAC’s is helping to pay for legal costs by pooling resources from residents and through charity drives.

Tomorrow, the Court of Appeal gives its verdict on the appeal against the 15.52 ha hillside development project at the KL side.

Meanwhile, Nurul Izzah said she sent a letter to KL mayor (Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail) recently requesting the release of the EIA report.

“At least, with the EIA report, we were able to know the present condition of the area that is to developed — the residents want reassurance the surrounding areas are safe from danger,” she said.

She said she does not want a repeat of the hillside tragedy of Bukit Antarabangsa and Medan Damansara.

As for Hee, he said the matter was brought to the attention of Parliament and the Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Ministry.

“However Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin has yet to give his answer on the approval of this project.

Mages: Forest slowly losing beauty

R. MAGESWARA, 34, said the beauty of this forest was about to be stripped if development continued.

“Everyday I sit at my balcony watching workers level the hill slope.

Another resident Mohamed Kamar Mohamed (pic), 68 said he is not against development but residents have a right to express their opinion through public hearing.

Mohamed Kamar Mohamed

“From the public hearing, Kuala Lumpur City Hall will be able to get our opinion on the issue. We want City Hall to certify the project is safe and at the same time, preserve our forest.”

Mohamed who has been living at Fraser tower since the last eight years said a lot of changes (development) took place on Bukit Gasing.

Resident Dr A. Mallika, 58 and her daughter A. Gayathri, 27 said the development would also destroy wildlife in Bukit Gasing forest.

Gayathri said four years ago the scenery from her house balcony was beautiful.

“I used to see monkeys swinging from tree to tree,” she said, urging the project be scrapped.

http://www.mmail.com.my/story/hill-residents-want-report-made-public

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