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NGO wants proper check of collapsed wall in Tanjung Bungah

 | November 14, 2017

Citizens Awareness Chant Group says no action had been taken to ensure the safety of the public.

Yan-Lee-tanjung-bungah-landslideGEORGE TOWN: Citizens Awareness Chant Group (Chant) today urged the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to conduct a proper check of the collapsed retaining wall and a road for a new row of houses in Taman Ratu, Tanjung Bungah, here.

Its adviser Yan Lee said there had been no protection since the failure of the retaining wall, which caused a sinkhole after a road leading to a newly-built housing area collapsed due to continuous rain since Nov 4.

“A barricade should be formed to cut off the area from the public. I went there yesterday and saw that nothing had been done yet. People who go there actually can climb down, and they can touch the retaining wall… it is so dangerous.

“Geotextile is not used. We do not see any geotextile protecting the collapsed structure. Residents near the area are very concerned about their safety,” he told reporters.

He said MBPP must also declare that the two condominiums near the area, Surin Condominium and Straits Regency, were safe in the interest of the residents.

Lee asked why MBPP had declared the area as safe when comprehensive inspection and safety measures had not been implemented.

“They (MBPP) have to make observations and do inspections of the two condominiums. Do mitigation work to make sure this area is safe. They have to carry out all of the above within 14 days,” he said.

Lee said the developer of the Taman Ratu project should look into employing foreign consultants experienced in this type of project to bolster its team as the safety of the workers and others was paramount.

“A responsible developer will also make sure that all the parties who are injured or have suffered losses in this misadventure are taken care of to the best of its ability.

“A responsible developer will not shirk its responsibilities. The mishap has occurred and he should take responsibility for it,” he said.


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