Rather than banning all hill-slope development, the developer-friendly Penang state government wants to emulate Hong Kong in monitoring hill-slopes and it has set up an expert panel.
In Hong Kong, those who flout regulations end up in jail.
This could be the panel’s first assignment. A long-time Penang resident has alerted me to the following:
(A couple of days ago,) when driving back from a day of walking in the Penang National Park, I saw a hill-slope project that is surely one of the worst along the Batu Ferringhi road…. It is east of the Rasa Sayang and on the hillside opposite the Malaysian army base (former Gurkha base) at Fort Auchry.
With a slope of well over 30 degrees, perhaps even 40 degrees, the entire hillside up to the crest line has been denuded of tree cover revealing bare laterite strewn with scores of massive and precariously suspended boulders among which a mechanical digger was at work. Another disaster waiting to happen!
This is an upmarket condominium project with prices ranging from RM750,000 to RM2.6 million. Also semi-detached homes.
Would some kind soul care to snap a couple of pictures?
Says blog reader Plain Truth:
When it rains heavily, one of the last places on the Penang Island that one wants to be at is along the Batu Ferringhi coastal road with the hillside mud and water pouring down.
If these hillside developments are not curtailed, it is just a matter of time before disaster strikes.
That costal road is potentially a deathtrap.