Lost Paradise Resort landslide underscores fragility of hill slopes

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Landslide hazard map of Penang Island - Journal of Civil Engineering Research, USM, 2014

Check out this map of Penang Island (above) that they don’t want you to see, which I published here some time ago. See how landslide-prone the hills of Penang are. Imagine, they are itching to build highways and mega highways on that kind of terrain.

It is not that difficult to predict which areas of Penang Island are most prone to landslides with a high degree of accuracy (almost 80%). The research has been done.

Colour code:
Red – Highly hazardous areas
Green – Hazardous
Blue – Moderately hazardous
White – Not hazardous

This map of Penang Island was published in a paper titled “Landslide Hazard Mapping of Penang Island Using Poisson Distribution with Dominant Factors” written by Lea Tien Tay, Mutasem Sh. Alkhasawneh, Habibah Lateh, Md Kamrul Hossain, and Anton Abdulbasah Kamil from USM’s Engineering Campus and its School of Distance Education. The paper was published in the Journal of Civil Engineering Research in 2014.

Not convinced? This is another scary map they don’t want you to see from a different source. This comes from a journal paper by Sara Khodad and Dong-Ho Jang of the Geography department, Kongju National University published in the Journal of the Korean Geomorphological Assocation (Vol 22 No 1, 2015, pp109-121). The study was titled “Landslide Susceptibility Mapping in Penang Island, Malaysia – using the AHP and OLS methods”:

And this is the latest statement by Penang Forum:

Penang Forum deeply regrets the tragic loss of four lives in the 25 June 2019 landslide at the Lost Paradise Resort, Tanjung Bungah.

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In a span of less two years, Penang Island has seen three deadly landslide incidents -the 21 October 2017 Granito landslide, the 19 October 2018 Bukit Kukus landslide, and now this.

A total of 24 lives have been lost as a result of these three tragedies. These tragedies highlight the fragility of slopes in Penang and the extreme caution that needs to be taken when dealing with them.

We note that the land works done at the site of this landslide are illegal as the landowner conducted work without obtaining a proper permit.

The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) in its response says that it has a team to monitor illegal construction work, but in this case “the construction work was on a slope below the road and hidden” and thus not noticeable.

This would mean that despite MBPP having a team to detect such illegal construction cases, the council was unable to detect this case which went ‘off the radar’ as a result of its obscure location.

This forces us to ask, how many more illegal construction works are in progress on slopes around the state and does the MBPP have sufficient monitoring and enforcement capacity to detect these cases and act on them?

More public awareness needed

This latest landslide incident again highlights the need for more public awareness of slope safety and the need for landowners to know their responsibilities in maintaining slopes as well as alerting the authorities when tell-tale signs of slope instability and erosion appear.

In this Lost Paradise Resort landslide case, the landowner reportedly was aware of erosion on the slope but he addressed this by conducting land works to build a retention wall on his own, without obtaining a prior permit from MBPP.

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However, the slope is located at the brink of the main road leading from Tanjung Bungah to Batu Ferringhi, which is under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department (JKR). JKR has found that it was the construction work that resulted in the slope giving way and causing the landslide.

It is imperative in the aftermath of this landslide, that the Penang state government makes it clear to landowners the responsibilities they have as ‘slope owners’ and the right channels which need to be used in order to report cases of erosion and slope instability.

Investigations, monitoring and enforcement also needed

We urge the state to launch thorough investigations into the 25 June landslide tragedy and to identify those who might be charged with negligence. We urge the authorities to call for explanations, open up records and impose the maximum penalties as a deterrent to prevent such needless loss of lives.

There is a need for more comprehensive monitoring and enforcement, especially in identifying such cases of illegal construction on slopes. Tougher laws and penalties are needed to punish errant land owners who flout the law so that such incidents are never repeated.

It bears reiteration that this latest incident exposes the dangers of development on slopes, especially when cut – regardless whether legal or illegal.READ MORE:  CAP, SAM alarmed over proposal for hotels on Penang Hill

We call upon the state to review its policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures in relation to hillside development.

A moratorium on all slope development and highway projects over the hills should be imposed, until such a time when the state has a done a comprehensive check on all hill slopes, taken remedial actions and completed hill slope rehabilitation.

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Bunny Ducky
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What do you or your supporters intend to do beyond writing about it in this blog?

Are you going to combine forces with the oppositions (assuming they are still active in Penang) and NGOs(aside from the Pensng Forum) to put pressure on the Chow Regime?

Buzzing Woody
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Not sure what’s the KPI to measure the effectiveness AnilNetto.com to deliver its justice ultimatum.

there are aplenty of KBKB happenings that do not translate into actions to solve the environment all and safety issues.

Penang Forum is leveraging on Anilnetto.com to gain momentum for GE15?

If above is not relevant, then we are witnessing syiok sendiri Wayang only???

Wei
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Wei

hehe…they lost their pants the last time Tanjung Bungah Teh partnered PSM….maybe holding hands with Pas this time around… ?

Anfield
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Anfield

PAS has revealed itself to be in its recently concluded Muktamar is that it is a party that has problems co-existing in a multiethnic and multifaith country like Malaysia.
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/06/29/will-minorities-have-a-place-in-pas-malaysia/#KMxqIzkYh6b6quJW.99

V Ramesh
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V Ramesh

Vote for PAS and your children will study Bahasa Arab as second language, not your mother language!

PAS will stop development, no cinema for you just like in Kelantan!

Anfield
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Anfield

Malays are sending their children to study in SJK Cina to learn Mandarin, as reported in Astro AEC News:
https://youtu.be/O4-Xlk7tgH8

Don Anamalai
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Don Anamalai

Better to learn Mandarin than Arab language, for economic reasons. Those enlightened Malays know this, to enhance their children’s future job opportunity.

tunglang
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tunglang

Don. FYI, I personally witness Malay parents sending their kids to SRJK(C) & Chinese speaking tuition centres. And these Malay parents are from B40 or even less income group, not from the middle-class Malay aspiration of UMNO’s Khairi & Mahathir’s NEP creation. They send their kids by humble motorbikes, not flashy BMW. And I can see their future brighter than most Malays from national schools. May I wish these ‘enlightened’ Malay parents + their children the best.

Anfield
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Anfield

Even WWE Superstar/Hollywood action star John Cena also speaks Mandarin:
https://youtu.be/6UB0KWaIwhI

Ken Fong
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Ken Fong

I will vote for NGO or PAS rather than voting for the greedy, selfish, irresponsible and arrogant DXP …

Don Anamalai
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Don Anamalai

Islam does not allow the declaration of wealth as this would raise security concerns, says PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

PAS’ interpretation of Islam is questionable?

Anfield
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Anfield

Islamic scholars have criticised PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim for citing a purported hadith, or sayings of Prophet Muhammad, to justify Opposition lawmakers’ refusal to declare their assets.

When contacted to verify whether such a hadith exists, Perlis Mufti Asri explained that the Prophet never expressed the sentiment that one must not declare their wealth to the public if granted so by God.

tunglang
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tunglang

Worry for CM Chow Chow when there’s a KPI for something gone wrong environmentally. Be very worried!

tunglang
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tunglang

PETITION UPDATE
The Fishermen’s Voices must be heard!
https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-of-malaysia-save-penang-reject-the-3-islands-reclamation/u/24782877

Salma Khoo
4 JUL 2019 —
We urge those individuals and organisations who support the Penang Rejects Reclamation petition to join us in the People’s Gathering on 11 July.

Peaceful Assembly: Reject the Penang South Reclamation
11 July 2019 (Thursday), early morning, Jalan Parlimen
Inshore fishermen from Penang and Perak, and civil society representatives will gather peacefully to articulate our objections towards the proposed Penang South Reclamation (PSR). We will submit our petition and memorandum to Tun Dr. Mahathir.

FB Page Penang Tolak Tambak
whatsapp 016 500 2507
#PenangTolakTambak! #SavePenang!

Shriek
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Then more building on hillslopes. Peng land kia will employed chip chip Burmese CONTRACTOR to do the work on hillslopes?

Zhuang Shang
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Zhuang Shang

Sometimes also good to stop fishing for a while to replenish the fish stock. Otherwise got no fish to eat in the future.

tunglang
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tunglang

When sea reclamation for the 3 islands is a done deal, can still get same fish supply in the future?
Don’t even think of replenish (if fishermen were to lose their jobs), for goodness sake!
Think clear logic, not knee-jerked hyperbole!

Shriek
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Tu Lang you always go there and buy fish from there? You eat fishes from there? You have the time in the world and can orso lim kopi and eat one ton mee. Why you no kbkb when agricultural lands are converted to industrial or housing result in loss of food and job. You no logic or brainer and goodness where the workers or planter to cari makan? Same with squatters. Squatters are cleared. They lost job as they have to relocate and change job.

Anfield
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Anfield

Taiwan Expo 2019 will be held at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre July 5 and 6, from 10am to 6pm. Entrance is free.
https://www.thesundaily.my/business/taiwan-expo-to-wow-penang-XK1048642
Go seek business opportunities or learn from the Taiwanese.

V Ramesh
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V Ramesh

Taiwanese are smart to invent bubble tea and sell it with great profit.

We should learn from them.
This Expo is a good place to do so.

Anfield
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Anfield

GEORGE TOWN, July 2 — State housing, local government, town and country planning committee exco Jagdeep Singh Deo today said that Penang will have 110,000 affordable housing units by 2025.

He said a total of 30,000 units of affordable housing have been built since 2008.

Jagdeep said about 25,000 units are now in various stages of construction while the state has approved a further 55,000 units to be built in the state.

“We surpassed our target of 76,000 units of affordable housing which included low cost and low medium cost units,” he said in a press conference in his office today.

Wei
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Wei

hehe…great job…Penang is really haven for B40…but kpkb dude a la Tu lang will never satisfied..they first complaint no affordable house , then they complain price too high, later they complain location no good, after that they will complain facility no good, then……

V Ramesh
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V Ramesh

GEORGE TOWN, July 4 — Penang state executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo today said the state will proceed with its first urban regeneration project to demolish 50-year-old low-cost homes that are to be replaced with new apartments.

He said the five blocks, comprising 300 units on Jalan Mahsuri in Bayan Baru, will be torn down in stages and 1,150 units will be built in its place.

Shriek
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Tu Lang only god knows how to kbkb over development and building roads. Why no praises when they build sooooo many houses for B40. Maybe Tu Lang well off to receive goodies?

Zhuang Shang
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Zhuang Shang

Good you highlight this else most readers would think only expensive condominiums are built for the rich, since the author is somehow biased in this aspect.

The author of this blog will depend on readers like you to provide counter balance.
Nothing is balanced like the dacing of BN!

Anfield
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Anfield

The Penang Mega infrastructure project, which was awarded to Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd (CZC), is set to kick off in September this year following the certainty of funding.

Sources said Boon Siew Sdn Bhd, the privately held diversified group founded by the late Penang tycoon Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew, has acquired 22.92 acres of land from CZC at RM845 per square foot amounting to RM843.64mil.

https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2019/07/01/boon-siew-group-in-mega-land-deal/#3wC5M0gISlBm4yUl.99

glissantia
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glissantia

The spin doctors are emphasising that the latest incident is not a landslide but a retaining wall collapse.

Our fine stable local climate arises from plentiful rain due to georaphical characteristics. This rain does not overwhelm us due to slopes being pervasive. This means we must preserve slopes (for agri. also) and not obstruct streams.

However, that is against the religion of “maximising” growth and profit. Ultimately, ordinary people cannot escape their responsibility: to obey and imitate the fascists, or to disengage and opt for a frugal lifestyle. Everyone will have to decide — soon.

Shriek
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That is why gomen wants to reclaim land. Reclaimed land very flat land, no land slide and NGOs and ah pek tu Lang can cycle from one island to the last, island hopping. But peng land NGOs everything orso cannot. Erosion which soil from hills are transport to sea. Fish habitant are invaded by hill soil. Right to put the hill soil to proper use by reclamation

Anfield
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Anfield

Who owns the reclaimed land in Penang?
In Johor, it is Sultanate land as in the case of Forest City.

Shriek
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Yes, now the land is under the sea. It is lost there. The gomen ask developer to resurrect and raise up the land from the sea. The developer pays for the work and peng land gets the land which are sold.

Anfield
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Anfield

See this China guy telling us his experience at the so-called new night market with street foid as recommended by his Grab driver:
https://youtu.be/wr7RdVodL8Q

Anfield
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Don Anamalai
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Don Anamalai

GEORGE TOWN, July 5 — Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) took the authorities to task for the haze enveloping Penang over the past two days.

Pointing to the deteriorating air quality which has also affected visibility, SAM president Meenakshi Raman called on both state and federal authorities to clear the air on the measures being taken.

Too many cars emitting hot exhaust is the culprit!

Anfield
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Anfield

Umno lost its propaganda paradise in TV3, after Syed Mokhtar had bought an 11.09% equity interest in Media Prima from Gabungan Kesturi Sdn Bhd?

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/04/anuar-musa-details-of-umno-asset-restructure-are-confidential/#P8Gjy63Gtc8CfSg0.99

tunglang
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tunglang

Think again if you want to (brainlessly) emulate HK for the sake of our younger generations:

Frustration of surviving pricey Hong Kong stirs protest anger
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2019/07/04/frustration-of-surviving-pricey-hong-kong-stirs-protest-anger/#47IRw331cDWdYbqT.99

Shriek
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Tu Lang, they made Beijing a scrap goat. They were under pommies for 100 years. They stay in big houses and apartment? They have caged beds but pommies turn a blind year. Chiba was under bamboo curtain and busy with great leap and cultural revolution. Under capitalism houses become very smaller. When SARs hit Hong land, business was very bad and Hong kees appeal to let Ah Chans to come in. Ah Chans know how to bring cash and no credit card or smart phone swipe. Before handover, everyone wanted to migrate to Canada but eventually many came back as… Read more »

Zhuang Shang
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Zhuang Shang

Hong Kong youth protest because they are now becoming “Ah Chan” in the eyes of mainland Chinese after the bridge has connected the island to the mainland. Shenzhen folks are better off than them now with better and bigger housing.

Wei
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Wei

fortunately Penangites have more brain then you do….don’t kpkb if you know nothing except gulping up what ever propaganda … that Commie throw at you like one ton in the one ton mee ….

Ken Fong
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Ken Fong

Anil, can you please suggest to Penang gov that the traffic jam along Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Highway can be easily resolved by building two flyovers across Gat Lebuh Cecil and Gat Lebuh Macallum (bypassing the traffic lights). This will not cost much compared to PIL1 which will need several billions …

Shriek
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Why not walk, bicycle or use boon siew kapcai? Why now you want developer party to build more road? Vote for PASs will build more religious items and NGOs plant more coconot trees to quench your thirst along the way if one walk? Now kbkb for more roads and better roads. Tell all school children to tell their parent not to use cars just like going to finger licking good or MacDonald’s.

BTS Mutiara
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BTS Mutiara

With elevation done less jam then I can go Cecil Street Market or Deen Maju to have meals with no traffic frustrations.
Ken Fong should lead the way to make this happened.
Now I cycle there to makan you can join me.

Wei
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Wei

hehe…i thought the tree hugger said elevated structure destroy the look and view of George town…..now you kpkb about no flyover ?

Anfield
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Anfield

Build dedicated bicycle lanes (safety) and encourage people to cycle for exercise and alleviate traffic congestion.

Shriek
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Mppp has build cycle lanes. Pg forum knows how to blame gomen but don’t blame bosses and workers. Boss make a shower room for workers. Those protest and kbkb please walk or go cycle to work.

tunglang
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tunglang

Cowardice & Disgusting & Vandalising: Environmental activist’s house splashed with red paint Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/06/30/environmental-activist-house-splashed-with-red-paint/#wbtmbXgiVe66PXWk.99 BANTING: Environmental activist Pua Lay Peng is concerned about her family’s safety after her house was splashed with red paint on Wednesday (June 26). Pua, who was not home at the time, said her sister witnessed the incident. “My sister informed me that a blue car with tinted windows was parked outside the house for about 15 minutes. “A man in his 20s came out of the car, walked towards the house and splashed red paint at the front door. “There was another man… Read more »

Chizu
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Chizu

Well, we have to fill up those empty condo lots, r-i-g-h-t….? And for the many blocks to come once the new reclaimed lands are ready for state gomen planning.

Shriek
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Reclaim takes about 7 to 10 years. Then roads and utilities another few years. So it will be about 15 years. 15 years we will be using 7;or 8 G. Smart phone.

Anfield
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Anfield
Shriek
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Tu Lang and peng land kias will kbkb over peng land become little hong Kong. No 3. There is oredi one Hong Kong chai in Abedeen, Sandakan and now peng land. No more speaking minan but hongkongese.

Don Anamalai
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Don Anamalai

Already noticed many Cantonese speaking foreign Chinese in Penang. Likely to be from Hong Kong as they do no speak local Hokkien.

Hong Kong folks like that private exclusive and opulent property near E&O Hotel. That place had many Cantonese speaking Chinese congregating. My neighbour works there as a cleaner.

Anfield
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Anfield

Hong Kong investors snap up affordable property in Malaysia with an eye on retirement

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/hong-kong-investors-snap-affordable-property-malaysia-eye-retirement

Chizu
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Chizu

This article is what my comment is referring to.
Anil please refrain from posting my secondary comments if you choose to opt-out of my original posting. It will just make it look weird and out of context. Fyi this is not the first time it has happen.

Don Anamalai
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Don Anamalai

Do not approve comments that are rude and offensive. Freedom of speech has boundary, else we will get riot like in Hong Kong today.

Don Anamalai
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Don Anamalai

Better to have Hong Kong folks here than having cheap African workers.

Malaysia should focus on productivity improvement, instead of importing foreign workers, Bangladesh or African ones, to keep wages low.

tunglang
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tunglang

Already, a 5 days + nights rain can bring about soil erosions (too bad for Lost Paradise Resort whose owner decided to remedy it illegally) some of which MBPP couldn’t detect due to absurd excuse of ‘hidden from view’. What more ominous disasters to come when the rain ‘cries’ to welcome the Hungry Ghost Month. And the start of rainy season from October to November which makes the earth spirits shudder due to environment deterioration. Think of the hundreds of soil erosions & landslides since September 2017 still laid bare to the elements without remedial action taken. And yet, itchy… Read more »

Shriek
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Looking at anil’s map, it show about half if peng land is safe from hill slides. If NGOs kbkb over activities from hill slopes this means peng land have what other choice? Land reclamation! Yet this orso cannot. No wonder many peng land kia have to go and cari makan in sing land or hong land where one can reach the sky. No surprise one will not find Roger in Peng land soon as he can put better use elsewhere.
Further why no kbkb over peng land hill as danger zone?

Wei
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Wei

hehe…don’t lie, twist and bend to misinform the public, there is no landslide, there was only construction mishap as the authority rightfully put it… penang forum have difficulty getting fact right ?

Wei
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Wei

hehe…interestingly those map show that there will be landslide risk even in the area with little or no human intervention or activities….so it is very clear that over development cause landslide is cow dung…

Milk Tea
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Milk Tea

You are as dumb as a rock. Why on earth do you have an intelligence of a peanut. Who approved the project?

Anfield
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Anfield

Many projects are not approved ie. Illegal!
Plenty of such illegal resorts in Balik Pulau, employing/exploiting/harbouring illegal foreign workers.

Shriek
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You orso dummo! Why peng land kias go and buy land on the hill slope? If you buy land , you want to make use of the land like you make use if your mouth to kbkb.

Anfield
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Anfield

Please refrain from personal attack, focus on the issue, not the commentator. Anil should be a referee here, no need VAR.

tunglang
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tunglang

The best is not to reply to irrelevant comments & those that childishly challenge imagined-accused-supporters & let them die off in sooner time.
Cheers! Drink Kopi-O kau kau kau!

V Ramesh
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V Ramesh

Why no food talk from you?

I thought you are the street food ambassador of Penang.

You should not feel sore over the Han Chiang 308 euphoria. Time to regroup your energy with food intake and commentary!

Shriek
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One ton mee too heavy. Maybe Tu Lang savy Taiwan food expo. Taiwan hokkien is sooo alien to peng land hokkien food. Taiwan has many siew jak.

Shriek
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Tu Lang not angel too. In fact he is the silat master of calling others idiot, dude when he is unable to provide proper reply and resort to gutter and sewer words.

Ijoe
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Anyone who goes hiking in the hills can c landslides all over the place. More than years gone by. The mi… https://t.co/xEWw27dObK