Mounds of wet earth tumbled down a hill-slope at Persiaran Tanjung Bungah 3 at 11.40 last night near the Straits Regency condos, close to the spot where the Tanjung Bungah Residents Association had held a tea party protest to draw attention to the risks of hill-slope development.
This was the scene this morning. A contractor moved in quickly to clear the road soon after this photo was taken:
Notice that the plastic sheets on the slope could do little to prevent the landslide. It is like putting a bandaid on your skin when there is internal bleeding.
The TBRA had called for an end to development on Class 3 and 4 hill-slopes. “TBRA had on many occasions protested against development near hill slopes. This particular hill slope where the landslides are now occurring is one of them. I believe we held at least one ‘tea party’ at this location to protest BUT it just fell on deaf ears,” said a Straits Regency resident, Lee Kim Seong.
Here is one such protest in the vicinity not long ago.
An early warning of the landslide came yesterday morning when a large boulder crashed down farther along the road:
Two days ago, Lee had written to the MPPP and the local Adun highlighting his concerns about the waterways at the Ratu Mutiara worksite at Persiaran Tanjung Bungah 3 among others:
“We wish to raise our grave concern to the many incidents, past and also currently in progress, where natural waterways have been or are being diverted. Is this allowed and if so, how is it being monitored and who is responsible to monitor this?
In the small area in which we live, we notice that diversions of natural waterways are carried in all the residential developments. The natural waterways are either
(1) blocked and left to find their own and alternative flow
(2) diverted right or left
(3) diverted underground etc. When they are diverted underground, do those responsible know what is happening underground?
… as residents in these affected areas we would like to have answers to some of these questions and be assured that the state, town council and all other responsible departments are aware and in control of this. Maybe you can initiate a dialogue with all concerned parties to discuss this.
Check out this video clip: Worrying scene.
What happened to that hill-slope supervision committee of experts who were appointed not too long ago? Anyway, expect more such indicidents to occur as rampant property development under free-for-all capitalism collides with Nature’s stern response as climate change worsens.