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2013-02-02 09.06.52

Story and photos by EDWARD R. HENRY

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.

Wednesday November 7, 2012



Muddy times: Residents are concerned over potential landslips at the Sanctuary Ridge project during the rainy season.

Muddy times: Residents are concerned over potential landslips at the Sanctuary Ridge project during the rainy season.

THE Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is ready to issue stop-work order to developers who fail to comply with safety regulations, said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib.

He said with the monsoon season hitting the city, developers should be more cautious when carrying out earth works especially at hillslope areas.

Phesal was speaking to reporters after visiting the Sanctuary Ridge project site by Gasing Meridien Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur after residents had expressed their fear of landslip during the rainy season.

“DBKL is closely monitoring the development and the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing minister is also serious about ensuring safety at the sites.

There is another development nearby which is also contributing the dust and congestion with heavy vehicles passing in and out of the site.

“The developer is taking precautionary measure by placing the tarpaulin sheets.

“We also have a case with the MRT developer near Bank Negara with soil dumping, which we have stopped.

“The land belongs to the government but they did not obtain permission from DBKL for soil dumping,” he said.

Phesal added that there should be constant communication between the developer, contractor and residents to address issues.

Resident T. Sivakumaran, 48, who lives nearby the development complained about the dust coming into his home.

He said although the developer and contractor had discussed the matter, nothing was done.

“It has been a year now. I hope they can do something to sort out the dust problem by putting a screen,” he said.

Meanwhile Gasing Meridien director Kenneth Tan cleared the air about landslip. He said they were clearing part of the hill for the development.

Tan added that the clearing will be done in stages and contractors were required to submit reports for every 50m of works carried out at the site.

“Water containment is built together during the soil work at the slope in multiple stages. To ensure there is proper water flow, we have designed a channel with a silt trap at the south east corner.

“We want to esure the safety of the neighbourhood and we will take the necessary precautions,” he said.

Tan added they are ready to stop work at anytime if the development fails to comply with the safety standards set by authorities.



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2012 – 08:50

KUALA LUMPUR CITY HALL (DBKL) will stop the project to build 69 bungalow units on the slope of Bukit Gasing near Kampung Pantai Dalam here, if the developer fails to follow procedures issued by the Malaysian Institute of Public Works (IKRAM).

Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said City Hall would monitor the development and so far there were several complaints from the residents claiming that there had been landslides and air pollution due to the earth works being carried out.

“There will be problems if we ask them to postpone the project. What we want now is for them to carry out their work more seriously,” he told reporters during a visit to the project site, here yesterday.

He was commenting on news report yesterday where the residents there claimed there was a landslide on the slope yesterday morning due to the heavy rain currently.

They also claimed that if the project by Gasing Meridien Sdn Bhd were to be continued, a landslide like the one in Bukit Antarabangsa in 2008 could be repeated. — Bernama




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.

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