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Clean-up duty: MBPJ Quick Response Team personnel cleaning up debris along one portion of Jalan 5/60 after the landslips which took place recently. - The Star

Clean-up duty: MBPJ Quick Response Team personnel cleaning up debris along one portion of Jalan 5/60 after the landslips which took place recently. – The Star

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) workers were kept busy clearing broken tree branches and debris on Jalan 5/60 and 5/64 in Bukit Gasing yesterday morning following a downpour on Tuesday night.

MBPJ personnel from the council’s Quick Response Team as well as Fire and Rescue Department personnel were on hand to help clear the roads.

The landslip is the latest to occur, after a similar incident in Jalan 5/64 on Sunday afternoon.

Nearer to Fraser Tower, contractors were seen cutting an uprooted tree which had fallen and damaged a resident’s car on Tuesday night as she was driving back to her condominium.

MBPJ Engineering Department deputy director Abdul Shukor Mohamed Noor and slope consultants engaged by the council to find ways to strengthen the slope also visited the site yesterday morning to assess the situation.

Council public relations officer Zainun Zakaria said a preliminary study on May 6 found that the slope failure area covered 1,625 sq m, and was due to soil erosion.

Among the possible causes of the slope failure was the sloping topography and constant heavy rain.

“We have put in place short-term measures, such as clearing trees and undergrowth at the affected area and near drains, as well as placing tarpaulin on the surface to prevent erosion,” said Zainun.

In search of solution: Abdul Shukor (front left) surveying the damage caused by Tuesday night’s rain with consultants hired to help design a slope-control mechanism along Jalan 5/60. - The Star

In search of solution: Abdul Shukor (front left) surveying the damage caused by Tuesday night’s rain with consultants hired to help design a slope-control mechanism along Jalan 5/60. – The Star

In addition, a contractor has been hired to build a gabion wall along Jalan 5/60, measuring two to three metres in height, to prevent mud flow.

The uprooted tree, blocking the roads was also cut up and removed.

Zainun said the council would be using the prism method to monitor soil movement.

For the long-term, however, a soil nailing system, together with a beam grid, will be used to create a berm along the slope.

Additionally, the drainage system near the slope will also be upgraded to reduce water seeping into the soil.

“The contractor for the soil nailing project also just received his letter of appointment today, and will start clearance work as soon as possible to prevent further mishaps,” said Zainun.

The contractor has been given seven months to complete the project.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/9/central/13085688&sec=

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Representatives of Fraser Towers, Cameron Towers, Maxwell Towers, Gasing Indah, Petaling Gardens and Section 5 PJ got together to put forward a petition for endorsement by GE13 candidates for Bukit Gasing state and Petaling Jaya Selatan parlimentary seats.

Bukit Gasing candidates endorsing petition:

Mr Mak Khuin Weng (Ind)
Mr Simon Lee (Ind)
Mr. Rajiv Riskyakaran (DAP) see rajiv4malaysia.com for more of his thoughts

Petaling Jaya Selatan candidates endorsing petition:
Mr. Hee Loy Sian (PKR)
Mr. Sheah Kok Fah (BN-MCA)

Election Candidate Support GE13 signed pledges

Please do read petition to see what the candidates have endorsed and pledged.

2013-05-03 TheStar

Bukit Gasing – 3, May 2013

The KL High Court’s decision on 2nd May 2013 to allow the developer, Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd, to seek damages from the petitioners of Bukit Gasing residents is a very sad day for concerned citizens of this country.  The residents sought a judicial review for the Mayor of DBKL to grant us a public hearing to alleviate our fears for the lives and safety of the residents in the surrounding area. For the residents efforts, the developer is asking for damages, which in the residents’ view, are unfair and unjustified as this is a public interest case.. The residents have no choice but to appeal the court’s decision.

In this age where citizens have to be concerned about the environment and the consequence of development, as a fundamental right to live in an environment which does not endanger their right to a home or worried of losing their right to a home, this decision, in a sense is, a denial of their fundamental right. Hereafter, it will deprive concerned citizens from seeking remedy in the Courts of Justice and give the developers special rights. This is against the constitution because there is no equality of rights between developers and citizens. The role of the legal system is of great public concern. The public needs to know: today is our homes, tomorrow it will be theirs.

The coming Election is of utmost importance to protect our homes and the right to live in a safe environment. We need to change the laws, and only a Government concerned for the people can.

Joint Action Committee for Bukit Gasing


Towards end of January this year, residents next to the Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd development on steep hill slopes were very concerned as a landslide next to Maxwell Towers was detected. Supported by YB Nurul Izzah (Lembah Pantai), Adun Hannah Yeoh (represent Bukit Gasing) and Kasthuri Patto a press conference was called on 29th January 2013 near to the entrance of the development site.

Despite photos showing the location of the landslides (as can be seen on this blog), the developer categorically denied there were any landslides. As to be expected, DBKL and the Minister for Federal Territory and Well Being were not interested in our concerns.

Last Thursday and Friday (25th and 26th April) there was again heavy rain and winds. This resulted in a further landslide and a mud flow washed into a house next to Maxwell Towers entrance. 

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As you can see from above, the escalation of development on the steep hill slopes has resulted in a second landslide and causing slit to be washed down onto the roads below. The landslide that was denied by the developer is now covered with plastic sheets. 

MBPJ is beginning to take serious interest in the recent landslides on PJ Bukit Gasing.  Will DBKL and Raja Nong Cik really walk the talk of “Rakyat Didahulukan”?

Election is coming. It’s time we act wisely and elect those that really care about our safety and implement environmentally sustainable developments.

JAC for Bukit Gasing.

2013-03-11 11.07.53

Red zone: Tarpaulin sheets placed over the landslip area at Bukit Gasing close to the entrance of Sivan Temple.

Red zone: Tarpaulin sheets placed over the landslip area at Bukit Gasing close to the entrance of Sivan Temple.

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2013/3/11/central/12812278&sec=central

By EDWARD R. HENRY
edward@thestar.com.my

MOST of the residents living in Jalan Gasing’s Fraser Towers, Petaling Jaya want the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to demolish the nearby Sivan Temple based on the council’s report, which states that the building was unsafe.

The report also said the building could come crashing down during a downpour.

The residents are afraid of the danger it poses to their lives and properties, as well as SMK (P) Taman Petaling, also in Section 5. The school is a stone’s throw away from the apartments.

Fraser Towers Joint Management Body chairman M. Kamar said the steep slope, sparse vegetation, water-logged conditions and developments on the hill were some of the factors that were worrying them.

“Several landslips at Bukit Gasing brought down trees and rocks while a river of mud flowed down to Jalan 5/60 recently. It is a disaster waiting to happen.

“The landslips are also an indication of the dangerous condition of the area,” said Kamar.

MBPJ had determined that the temple building was unsafe and should be demolished. The structure has large cracks and the roof is tilted.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad had made several visits to the area and instituted immediate measures, such as earthworks to strengthen the slopes in two areas where tarpaulin sheets were used to cover the bare terrain.

U-shaped box drains are being constructed, costing RM1mil in total.

Alinah said the council’s Engineering Department had suggested nail soiling as a long-term measure, along with building a network of slope drains that would cost RM3.2mil.

Kamar said although residents appreciated Alinah’s prompt action, the measures instituted were not enough.

They want earth movement sensors brought in to monitor the shift in soil and water-log in order for proactive measures to be taken.

“We also want the demolition of Sivan Temple to be carried out in a professional manner,” he said.

Petaling Jaya Selatan (PJS) Wanita MCA division deputy chief Datin Wong Fong Leng, who visited the landslip site in Jalan 5/60 on Thursday evening, said more efforts were needed to strengthen the slope.

“Motion sensors must be brought in to monitor soil movement but this has not been done.

“Work to build gabion walls has also not begun. Work is being carried out at a snail’s pace,” said Wong.

She added that the council should bring in geo-technical engineers to review the terrain and find the best method to drain rainwater effectively.

On Feb 25, StarMetro reported Alinah as saying that the temple structure was in danger of collapsing as further rains could weaken its soil strength.

She said the council had obtained a court order to demolish the temple in the best interest of the people — to protect the lives of devotees, people living at Fraser Towers and the school’s students.

It was also reported that Sivan Temple interim committee chairman T. Maharathan had applied to MBPJ for the building to be demolished urgently.

“Our consultant, Materials Testing Laboratory Sdn Bhd, carried out a thorough check on the structure and gave us four volumes of the Dilapidation Survey report which recommended that the temple be demolished,” he said.

Maharathan has made the report available to MBPJ and the council had given the committee the nod to bring in their own contractors to carry out the temple’s demolition.

The Star Metro . Monday March 11, 2013

The Star Metro .
Monday March 11, 2013

FRASER Towers’ chief of security services, John Gyan Bahadur, survived a close call in a landslip incident while removing fallen trees along Jalan 5/60 in Bukit Gasing a month ago. He is glad to be alive to tell his story.

He said it began to rain around 6am on Jan 25.

“I heard loud crashing sounds and found that a number of trees had fallen onto the road, a few hundred metres from the apartments’ security post.

“I and another security personnel went out to cut the branches and move the trees to the side of the road. It was 7.45am by then and the rain became heavier.

“We heard a loud rumble coming from the hilltop, in the direction of Sivan Temple’s arch. At the same time I felt the ground shake and within seconds, a river of mud came rushing down the slope.

I used my phone to record the incident but as the flow increased, both of us ran to safety,” said Bahadur.

He added that the incident had also brought down rocks and tree branches snapped like toothpicks.

“So far the people living in the area have been lucky but I fear what will happen if the slope is not strengthened,” he said.

Bahadur has been working at Fraser Towers for seven years.

Watch the landslide Video here….

By EDWARD R. HENRY
edward@thestar.com.my

Monday February 25, 2013

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PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has obtained a magistrate court order to demolish Sivan Temple in Bukit Gasing after a council report recommended it to be torn down as it posed an imminent danger to people’s lives and properties in the surrounding area.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad said the temple building was in danger of collapsing as further rains could weaken the soil strength.

A slope failure could trigger a major landslide that would see earth coming down on Jalan 5/60, close to Fraser Towers apartments.

“Landslides had occurred of late. Now, Sivan Temple is in imminent danger of collapse.

“MBPJ has to take immediate steps to eliminate the danger,” she said.

The mayor stressed that the court order was requested “in the best interests of the people, to protect the lives of devotees, people living at Fraser Towers and the students of SMK Taman Petaling that is located below the apartments.

“The council’s legal department has served the court order to the chairman of the interim temple committee, T. Maharathan, and solicitors of Datin Seri Indrani Samy Vellu.

“Both parties have been informed about the demolition exercise.

“We respect the religious sensitivity and have given full responsibility to the temple committee to handle the demolition exercise.

“But before it is done, MBPJ’s Buildings Department must be briefed on the methods of demolition to ensure no untoward incidents,” she said.

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She added that the seriousness of the Sivan Temple issue was brought up at the Selangor Economic Action Council and at the state exco meeting on Feb 13.

The MBPJ engineering department had taken into account Maharathan’s proposal to demolish the temple based on safety concerns and had agreed to it.

Alinah said the council would assist and was willing to offer advice if required.

“We assure the committee and devotees that the land on Bukit Gasing remains for the Hindu temple.

“For the new temple, building plans must be submitted and our officers will facilitate the process,” she said.

On Feb 1, StarMetro highlighted that the concrete roof of the Sivan Temple had tilted and more cracks were visible.

Sculptures of huge deities, a cow and the ornate tower on the roof of the two-level building had tilted and Maharathan had said he was worried the temple would collapse in view of the rainy spell.

After several landslips along Jalan 5/60, Alinah visited the area early this month and instituted immediate measures such as earthworks to strengthen the slopes in two areas where tarpaulin sheets were used to cover the bare terrain.

U-shaped box drains had also been constructed, costing about RM1mil.

Alinah said the council’s engineering department had suggested nail soiling as a long-term measure, along with building a network of slope drains that would cost MBPJ RM3.2mil.

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
Read more: ‘Take landslide issue seriously’

 

2013-02-02 09.06.52

Story and photos by EDWARD R. HENRY
edward@thestar.com.my

Serious matter: Tengku Nazaruddin and Sharifah Nur Armina discussing landslip matters with Alinah in Jalan 5/60.Serious matter: Tengku Nazaruddin and Sharifah Nur Armina discussing landslip matters with Alinah in Jalan 5/60.

IMMEDIATE corrective measures have been ordered to curb the movement of mud and uprooted trees on the slope of Bukit Gasing along Jalan 5/60 leading to Fraser Towers, where six landslips have been noted.

Yesterday, at 8.25am, Petaling Jaya mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad paid a surprise visit to the area and was taken aback on seeing the extent of the mudflow at various locations from the top of the hill to Jalan 5/60.

“It is bad. The mudflow from the top of the hill looks like it has increased. Roots of mature trees are exposed and some have fallen onto other trees.

“It is a progressive slipping of the earth and it will continue with the evening rains. Appropriate short-term measures have been activated and long-term remedial measures must be taken to counter this grave problem,” she said.

Cause for concern: Mud by the side of the road along Jalan 5/60, Section 5, Bukit Gasing.Cause for concern: Mud by the side of the road along Jalan 5/60, Section 5, Bukit Gasing.

Alinah had made a visit on Jan 9 and said that based on her observations from the first visit, the situation had worsened.

On an urgent note, she called the Selangor government to obtain special approval to engage contractors to remove the mud and fallen trees and to prune trees that are in danger of falling.

She said a geo-membrane would be used to cover the exposed slope as it would offer an effective, impervious barrier to water and run-off.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) complaints department director Tengku Nazaruddin Tengku Zainuddin, engineering department deputy director Abdul Shukor Mohamed Noor, private secretary Sharifah Nur Armina and junior officers from the council’s landscape department were also present during the visit.

On seeing the small crowd of MBPJ officers, Fraser Towers joint management body chairman Mohamed Kamar came forward to discuss the worrying situation with Alinah.

Alinah told the officers and residents that the landslip in Bukit Gasing area had been classified as a “priority matter”.

She made a quick decision to get the contractors to start work immediately and warned them not to dump the mud on the other side of the slope leading to SM Taman Petaling, as had happened last Sunday.

“Quick decisions must be made in matters of such a nature. We cannot allow it to endanger lives and property.

“We have Fraser Towers here, and below that, SM Taman Petaling and residential properties.

“I made the decision as landscape department director Zuraidah Sainan is not here,” said Alinah.

Alinah told StarMetro that she would meet with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib to discuss development projects on Bukit Gasing’s Kuala Lumpur border, which are believed to have caused the soil movement.

“We must see what can be done to minimise the impact on our side of Bukit Gasing and to avert more landslips in the future,” she said.

Mohamed said he and the residents were glad to see Alinah providing immediate solutions to address the landslip.

“We want the council to maintain the hill.

“Our residents want the council to institute effective preventive measures and MBPJ must install equipment to monitor the movement of soil.

“In addition, no development must be allowed on the slope as it will be a recipe for disaster,” he said.

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2013/2/2/central/12659280&sec=central

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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