A landslide has struck Tanjung Bungah somewhere in the hills near Lorong Lembah Permai 3 in Tanjung Bungah not far from TAR College at around 8.30am today.
Residents heard sirens from rescue vehicles from this morning.
It is not immediately confirmed if there has been any casualties or fatalities. About 14 people are believed to be buried in the landslide. Ambulances and fire engines are at the scene. They are unable to see the landslide from ground level because the view is obstructed by hoardings.
This time, there has been no rainfall to blame. So what caused the landslide?
And did the state government’s hill-slope monitoring group detect any prior problems with this slope?
It is understood that the nearby area is under a high-density “affordable housing” project – 980 homes in a 50-storey tower block, including a 11-storey car park!
The Granito project comes under BSG, which also has a 20% stake in SRS Consortium. [SRS Consortium is hoping to create three artificial islands in southern Penang Island totalling 4,500 acres for mainly high-end property development to finance its Penang transport infrastructure shopping list.]
This hill-slope case was originally highlighted in a Penang Hill Watch report last year undertaken by Penang Forum and submitted to the local authorities in January 2017. See the extract below:
So there was ample warning. The MBPP responded on 26 January 2017: “Kerja tanah dalam pemantauan.”
Attention is also being drawn to quarry work further up the hill:
Some serious questions are going to be raised about the nature of development in Penang in the days to come, including upcoming projects in Sungai Ara.
Activists at the scene have already called for a royal commission of inquiry into today’s disaster and for an immediate stop to all hill-slope development.