A group of Penangites held a vigil this evening for the workers who lost their lives in the Bukit Kukus landslide on Friday afternoon and the Tanjung Bungah landslide victims at the Granito construction site exactly a year ago.
The vigil was held close to the entrance to the Bukit Kukus paired road construction site.
These are the names of the faceless victims, most of them migrants from a foreign land, who were sacrificed by the misguided policies and decisions of people they never knew.
Pity the families who have lost their breadwinners, their hopes and dreams now shattered.
Remember how those activists who warned about messing with our hill slopes were labelled as alarmists?
How many more victims do we need to be sacrificed before policymakers come to their senses?
The state government stubbornly insists it will go ahead with hill-slope ‘development’ projects, with better safety controls.
Its poor monitoring and enforcement in the past, however, does not inspire confidence. What will happen during construction work for more “paired roads” and the monster Pan Island Link highway along the hill slopes of Penang – especially when it rains heavily? Will anyone be able to sleep soundly?