Can anyone in the Klang Valley familiar with the Bukit Antarabangsa area tell me why you think the landslide, which buried eight houses at dawn today, ocurred? Three people are reportedly confirmed dead while several others are believed to have perished.
What do you think? Was it just a natural disaster or was it the result of environmental degradation?
Blog reader Selangor resident has few doubts:
Let me tell you why:
RAMPANT & IRRESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT!
DEVELOPMENT OF HILLSLOPES DISRUPTS BODIES OF WATER
– resulting in flooding, water shortage …
– in its worst form, soil erosion and landslides
– causing destruction of property and lives
We the folks of Ampang Hills have been fighting for years for the local government to be extremely cautious when they approve hillslope projects. It’s been 16 years since Highland Towers tragedy but it still continues. How many more lives?! We have been asking – haven’t the developers learnt from the tragedies … well, OBVIOUSLY NOT! It’s time we stop asking! It’s time the Federal Government steps in and put a full STOP to it!!
Our dealings with the past Selangor state govt were not fruitful as despite many appeals, they approved over a hundred questionable hillslope projects. (No need to wonder how they got approved ….) For more info on the latest case which we are appealing (this hillslope project was approved by the former Selangor state government just before the election!), please visit this site.
And here we go again, after each landslide (Report from The Star):
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will not be issuing any more permits for hillside developments following the landslide tragedy at Bukit Antarabangsa early Saturday morning.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this on Saturday at a press conference after visiting the tragedy site.
He also told developers not to lobby or pressure the Government for any building permits for hillside development projects.
Every time such an incident occur, we hear the same old familiar song, “no more development on hill-slopes”. But everywhere we go, we see development on hill-slopes, don’t we?