First take a look at what happened in Klang after a retaining wall for the new West Coast Expressway gave way. The resulting land movement displaced and dislocated major water pipes, creating serious water disruptions in Klang.
How could a retaining wall on a new highway give way? You tell me.
This is what the minister said:
Failure of retaining wall
In a statement, Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar said the situation resulted from a faulty retaining wall built by WCE.
“Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) states that pipes do not break under normal circumstances.
“The pipes were displaced and dislocated at several places as a result of the failure of the retaining wall built by WCE, causing land movement which shifted the pipes,” he said.
And the Penang government wants to build a monster six-lane highway – complete with four stretches of tunnelling – on the sensitive hill slopes of Penang Island? God help us.
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