Google Earth images show how Tanjung Bungah landslide site was cleared


These are Google Earth images over the last four years, which GIS expert Dr Kam Suan Pheng of Penang Forum downloaded and commented on.

This is what the site looked like four years ago. Notice a building on the site:

“Then two years later, some clearing where the building stood in 2013,” Dr Kam observes. “The red line is the alignment of the cut slope as it is today”:

“By November 2015, notice the exposed boulders as the earth is removed to level the land”:

“Just less than two months later, the crescent-shaped slope is getting more obvious as earthworks must have been carried out at a hectic pace”:

“And just under two months later, we have the ‘flat land’ for building construction, next to the ‘adjacent hill slope’, created by them not by nature.”

A Penang resident sent me this clear photo of the construction site on 9 September 2016, showing the now ‘flat land’. Notice the gradient of the slopes by then.

Please help to support this blog if you can.

Read the commenting guidlelines for this blog.
Notify of

Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Ong Eu Soon

Floor height control, plot ratio and high density abnormalities. Given the developer the highest height, the highest development density and the highest plot ratio without adhering to rules , regulations, and guidelines is tantamount to abuse of power. This abuse of power may be involving (alleged) corrupt practices which the MACC should seriously look into. The revised plot ratio guidelines for high-rise properties on the island allow developers to construct a total of 122,000 sq ft per acre compared with 42,000 sq ft per acre previously. The new plot ratio guidelines are applicable in areas where it is allowed to… Read more »


Go and see Macc. Not first time lim kopi with them. Become kawan with them. Btw how is the phee’s case. Like sia boey transport with unesco. All quiet on the western front??


Hillslope development is more important than race, religion, cost of living, job opportunities? Lucky you are not one of those pg lang working in singland or overseas.
60 years still not enough and long for you? Want another 60 years more and still a pendatang. No wonder Bee end still think you are pendatang

Subang Lau

Vote Harapan whos leader cum patron of Perkasa who asked you to 回唐山 Tongsan ?
Harapan now looks more like a gimmick of their pre-2013 years, more interested in politicking 24/7 and doing cheap clownish stunts while ignoring core issues of their respective states.
Pakatan takde Harapan la


Now you can make a lot of noise and living in Subang. Subang is one of green area with forest and rubber plantation owned by Sime Darby or Harrison crossfields. Now all gone and developed with houses build for you. 3 or 4 bed room houses with how 1 or 2 kids? Kids married and buy their own houses with kswp money? Lucky you if the house is fully occupied. Otherwise is partially filled.

LGE tak boleh

Shriek, it is loss of life that we are talking about


Lost of life where works are carried out. If workers died in sewer due to Co and co2, you to blame for dumping your waste into the pipe? Don’t have sewer pipes

Gan Eng Hui

Don’t know who to vote for in the next elections so probably not vote, like many others. The next GE will probably have the lowest turnout in history.


Hillslope development is more important than race, religion, cost of living, job opportunities? Lucky you are not one of those pg lang working in singland or overseas.

Eric Kuek

Probably not vote?

Please do not waste your precious vote! All must ‘rise up’ for the our future. Watch this clip for inspiration:

We are all in it to win it for Harapan.

And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousands times again
For Harapan!

Will Barclay

Whereas the original slope may have only been twenty odd degrees, the cliff that was left after cutting was certainly not. No wonder it collapsed!


Slope is less than 25 deg. Consider a hill slope? Still wrong? Of course vertical cliff will fall. So pg is left behind with half past six professionals. Talented ones gone to singland and other countries.
This Dr can show the history. Everyone can dig out history. Wait for the investigation. Dr here not geotech engr.