Indiscriminate disposal of blue plastic sheets around the Bolton site area – Photos by Chee Seng residents
Steep and uncovered hill-slopes
Residents of Chee Seng Gardens in Tanjung Bunga, Penang, are now worried about an outbreak of dengue fever.
On 11 January, 10 Chee Seng Garden residents visited the area around the construction site and found what they said was “rampant irresponsible disposal of plastic sheets and other recepticles in jungle fringes, ….uncovered hill slopes which should be covered, proximity of land clearing activities to PBA Land, blasting near to Straits Regency, hill gradient at near 90 degrees when terraced…”
They are worried about a possible outbreak of dengue fever and point ot the following to show their fears are not without any basis:
- There are the kongsi’s where the legal (workers) are staying. This is open and seen by all and sundry.
- There are the shacks built within the jungle fringes just above the tree line of the jungle/ trees thus they are hidden from view from the all who look up into the hills.
- There are 17 cases of Dengue as at 10 Jan 2009, and this is the news the foreign workers have told the residents in the region. This I am told by the RA Chairman of Straits Regency. I have since mentioned this to the CM, YB Chow and MPPP (Majlis Perbandaran Paling Perlahan) and NO one has disputed these figures, since highlighting this to them in my e-mail dated 12 Jan 2009.
- We also know that there are dengue cases as on 9 Jan 2009 the Jabatan Kesihatan vehicles were seen by myself in the Bolton project premises and they have been spraying that foul smelling “fog” practically every other day since 10 Jan.
- Since 18 Jan, a resident has fallen ill with dengue at the unit mentioned above.
In addition, the residents have complained of incessant drilling and loud blasting and claim that the hill-slopes being terraced are way above the maximum limit of 35 degrees.
The residents want a stop work order so that the developer can cf lean up the entire area and ensure that the hill slopes are effectively covered. They also want the blasting to stop and other measure taken to remove boulders and rocks.
So far, they have been disappointed by the various authorities’ lack of an adequate response and are growing increasingly impatient.