Penang again told to halt hillslope projects

KUALA LUMPUR: The Penang government has again been urged to immediately halt and review all hillslope projects on the island.

This comes after a road leading to a newly-built housing area in Tanjung Bungah collapsed early this morning due to continuous rain since yesterday.

State Gerakan vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong said the location of the newly-built housing area was not far from the landslide that occurred at Lengkok Lembah Permai, which killed 11 people, on Oct 21.

“The Penang government must be more sensitive to the impact of development on hill slopes as it could be a ticking time bomb and another disaster waiting to strike.

“Landslides can happen as a result of hill slopes being cleared for development, therefore the state government should halt and review all hillside development projects,” he said.

Oh earlier shared pictures of the collapsed road, which also caused a sinkhole in front of the luxury housing area on his Facebook.

“The retaining wall in front of the new residential area, which is built on a hillside, has fallen and water can be seen is streaming out.

“Heavy rain may have weakened the soil causing the road to cave in. Now, we are worried about the safety of the residents living in the vicinity as the retaining wall could completely collapse,” he said.

A continuous downpour lasting 17 hours and heavy winds since 12.30pm yesterday has paralysed Georgetown and Seberang Prai, in addition to triggering landslides and uprooting trees, as well as creating unusually heavy traffic due to impassable roads.





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