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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

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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. 

Bkt Gasing 26th

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.

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.

Maxwell resident Victor Oorjitham,showing the picture of the 'landslide' are to Kenneth Tan

Maxwell resident Victor Oorjitham, showing the picture of the ‘landslide’ area to Kenneth Tan

By Stephanie Sta Maria

http://fz.com/content/developer-no-landslides-bukit-gasing-site

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 alledge landslide just above the green fence which separates Gasing Meridian and Maxwell Towers.

The alleged landslide just above the green fence which separates Gasing Meridian and Maxwell Towers.

 

 

 

 

29 Jan 2013 – BUKIT GASING, KUALA LUMPUR
Saya bersama YB Hannah Yeoh dan saudari Kasthuri Patto sewaktu sidang media bersama penduduk Maxwell Towers di Bukit Gasing. Para penduduk risau akan kejadian tanah runtuh yang makin kerap berlaku akhir-akhir ini.

Mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib told a press conference today that DBKL had initially opposed the project, but now has no choice but to abide by a court order

Mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib told a press conference today that DBKL had initially opposed the project, but now has no choice but to abide by a court order

Koh Jun Lin | Jan 28, 2013

Despite a recent series of landslides, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) could not stop the hillslope development in Bukit Gasing because doing so would require purchasing the land out of public funds.

Mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib told a press conference today that DBKL had initially opposed the project, but now has no choice but to abide by a court order.

“(The developer) Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd has already won the court case, how can we stop it?

“Now we have to let Gasing Meridian to execute the project but with precautions. If we try to stop them we have to issue a notice of purchase. Who is buying? The public,” he said at a press conference today.

When it was pointed out that there had been a series of landslides in the area over the weekend, he said, “If there are landslides, we will take action together with the developers. It is no problem.”

Read more here: http://m.malaysiakini.com/news/220120

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Close-up:  a section of the slope has slipped due to erosion…..

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Landslip at Maxwell Towers. Gasing Heights.    Photo Credit: GYeoh

For the last 3 days, we at Bukit Gasing area have had heavy downpours. Today, just after the afternoon’s downpour, a landslide occurred within meters from Maxwell Towers. There was also a landslide along Jalan 5/60 towards Fraser Towers. There have been numerous other landslides on Bukit Gasing recently that have been in the press. MBPJ had met with residents last year and we understand they are still investigating and determining the right course of action to protect lives and properties. With the landslides today, we are expecting urgent steps to be take to make the slopes safe on Bukit Gasing – PJ side.

DBKL has so far ignored evidence of landslides on Sanctuary Ridge development site. This blog had featured landslips on the steep slopes of earthworks done by the developer. Alas, we have seen little tangible evidence of DBKL being concerned at all these landslides.

The most recent disaster at Bukit Setiawangsa should have been a reminder to the Mayor of KL to be concerned about steep hill slope developments. Will DBKL wait for fatalities before they react to the many signs that development on steep hill slopes of Bukit Gasing is unsafe? Will the Mayor act to protect lives and properties or will he hide behind legalities?

JAC for Bukit Gasing.

Yet again, development on steep hill slopes in Kuala Lumpur has proven to be disastrous.  This time, it seem to have taken 20 yrs… given the retention walls were first built in 1992 according to the Mayor of KL.

Bkt Setiawangsa landslide: Rain has authorities worried about further damage – Nation | The Star Online.

From the various press reports, one might believe that safety of the residents adjacent to steep hill slope developments are of concern to the authorities of Kuala Lumpur. They should sleep easy when we have monsoon rains as like now.

Let’s review what the residents next to steep hill slope developments have observed just this year.

In March of this year, a landslip was recorded in this blog. For DBKL, there was no landslip, merely repairs to earthworks.

Also during March, landslides and floods were recorded. Was there urgency to enforce safety regulations and alleviate the frustrations of KL residents by the Minister of FT and Urban Wellbeing?

What this blog did not record out of frustration was a further landslip in May this year in the same area as the landslip in March. Yet, all the Mayor of KL  could say now is that if there is a breach of safety regulations, a stop order will be issued.

This blog recorded the landslip that occurred over last weekend. The photos are here to be seen. Is it possible that residents were having delusions of landslips when the developer was merely being diligent in covering the steep hill slopes that they cut to deter rain from seeping into the soil? Why only after the events captured here on this blog? Yes, one does need to put thinking cap on here.

Are plastic sheeting now a DBKL approved method as a safety regulation? One might think it is as the Mayor claims no safety regulation has been breached.

Frankly, we don’t feel we want a Medan Damansara incident to have the authorities review and provide reassurance of their care for our well being.

If the Mayor of KL is sincere, please advise us what the safety regulations are and what the “IKRAM” (or the DBKL daily monitoring) standards are to make the development safe.  This could all be done transparently in a public hearing.

Highland Towers collapsed because of steep hill slope development next to it. It did not fall because of the towers themselves were unsafe.

We are not the only residents near steep hill slopes fearing for their safety. Do read the Star article of 24th October 2012 . The fears of Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar residents are just as real.

Let’s not forget the plight of the resident in Section 10 of Wangsa Majo either.

Please Mr. Mayor, we can’t all be deluded.. or can we?

PS: Do click the highlighted links to read articles related to this blogpost.

JAC for Bukit Gasing.

Wednesday November 7, 2012

By FAZLEENA AZIZ
fazleena@thestar.com.my

 

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.

 

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/11/7/central/12282039&sec=central

 

 

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