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THE Petaling Jaya City Council may have to spend RM50mil to strengthen several hillslopes in Bukit Gasing if the individual landowners fail to fulfil their responsibility.
Councillor Derek Fernandez pointed out the owners were legally responsible to ensure their land was well maintained.
“There are about 37 plots of land here.
“The state should seize the land of irresponsible owners if they fail to look after the slopes on their properties,” he said during a visit to Jalan 5/64 in Section 5, Petaling Jaya.
MBPJ has appointed contractors to strengthen two hill slopes in Jalan 5/64 and Jalan 5/66 following several landslides and soil erosion in the areas.
It is estimated that the works will cost RM4.5mil and RM8mil respectively.
The hill strengthening work in Jalan 5/64 will be completed by June next year.
For safety of residents: MBPJ has embarked on hill strengthening works in Jalan 5/64. The project should be completed within eight months.
Meanwhile, the council has banned all major development, termed Class Three and Four, in the neighbourhood to prevent further soil erosion and landslides.
A landslide on May 5 in Jalan 5/64 uprooted trees, damaged several cars and cut off access to the area.
Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran commended the council for the pro-active measures taken.
He said he would raise at state-level the issue of seizing the privately-owned land.
“MBPJ should not have to strengthen these hillslopes using public funds.
“However, it is necessary to ensure the safety of those living and visiting the Bukit Gasing recreational area,” he said.
The poor hillslope condition has also resulted in clogged drains.
The hill strengthening works in Jalan 5/64 uses the “soil nailing” technique over 2,300sqm of land.
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state assembly observed a minute of silence yesterday in memory of deceased assemblyman Edward Lee (DAP-Bukit Gasing).
Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Kim, who called on the assemblymen to commemorate Lee, offered his condolences to Lee’s family.
Several assemblymen also offered kind words in his memory.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (PKR-Ijok) gave a short speech about Lee’s achievements and insurmountable dedication to his duties as a people’s representative.
“Even though he was stricken with cancer, he carried out his duties till the end,” he said.
“He was a champion of human rights issues, especially environmental matters.”
Abdul Khalid said Lee was instrumental in gazetting Bukit Gasing as a green lung to be preserved for future generations. He ended his speech with a short poem, in recognition of Lee’s services.
Datuk Mohd Shamsudin Lias (BN-Sungai Burong), on behalf of the opposition assemblymen, also expressed condolences to Lee’s family.
“We appreciate all his efforts towards representing the people,” he said.
“We hope his wife remains strong in view of their loss of a people’s representative and beloved husband.”
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR-Seri Setia) said Lee had always defended good policies in the state.
“He emphasised the importance of sustainable development and even proposed a moratorium on high rise development until adequate infrastructure was provided,” he said.
“He also set up the All Petaling Jaya, Selangor Residents’ Association Coalition and greatly contributed to the Selangor State Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) as a member.
“We have lost a fatherly figure and a comrade.”
Lee succumbed to cancer on Dec 20. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 but had remained active in championing local issues. He was 61.
He is survived by wife Christine Lee and three sons.