Aliran has just released this statement:
Aliran is appalled at the loss of workers’ lives in a landslide at the Bukit Kukus paired road construction site in Penang. The landslide brought down several containers and wooden shacks, claiming at least seven lives with another three victims still missing and injuring three people.
This tragic incident comes almost a year after the Tanjung Bungah hill-slope collapse [the first anniversary falls today], which killed 11 workers at the Granito housing project site.
While it is unclear what exactly happened at Bukit Kukus, the recent landslide does raise several issues.
One is the vulnerability of construction workers who were, in this incident, migrant workers from Myanmar, Indonesia and Bangladesh.
That some of the victims were thought to be buried alive in or under the containers raises the issue of housing of workers at construction sites in containers or shacks. It also highlights the issue of their safety, especially as a stop work order in the site had been recently issued when 14 concrete beams came tumbling down.