Monday, December 08, 2008
Trail of death and destruction, and yet the government still does not listen!
Below is what a blogger Seri Menanti wrote in its blogsite last year about hill side development and how a company is still determined to cut a hill for a hillside bungalows, and the question is, when will we ever learn? I think never!
"Here are some real "statistics" on the trail of destruction and landslides in Ampang-Hulu Klang areas. Yet development in such sensitive hill slopes is still allowed and when will be ever learn!
- Forty-eight people died on December 1993, when a 12-storey Highland Towers hill slopes- On May 15 1999, several landslide forced the evacuation of 1000 apartment dwellers at Bukit Antarabangsa. - On November 20, 2002, eight people died when a house of a retired general was swept and crushed by a landslide. - On 31 May 2006 four people died when three blocks of longhouses were swept by a landslide in Kampung Pasir, Hulu Klang.
And yet today a massive mixed developments project were allowed on a 61.54 acre site near Ukay Heightsl where all of the trail of landslides took place. The residents of the Ukay Heights area are protesting over the mixed development project that will see a massive retaining walls will be erected behind their apartments and houses and are trying very hard to tell the local and state government to help. "It will be like a huge wall that you see in the Gaza Strip that separate Jews and Arabs, and on top of that any development along that ridge is by far one of the most dangerous project ever to be attempted or undertaken by any idiot developer," said Mr Eng, a resident. The fear is if a massive landslide that will surely impacted residents living down below. At today's meeting it6 was attended by Selangor state government exco member, Elizabeth Wong, who said while past green light given on any development by the previous government could not be rescinded, but the matter will be looked into properly. "We cannot simply cancelled previous decisions made, but we are going to look into the matter properly," she said. One resident said developers in Malaysia are like drug pushers, they do not care how many people will die as long as they can develop and make money. Ends" (Courtesy of Seri Menanti)
Posted by Pasquale at 8:41 AM