Highland Towers site to be turned into a park, says Zuraida

The two remaining towers have become hideouts for criminals and drug addicts. (File pic)

AMPANG: Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the government is planning to turn the site of the 1993 Highland Towers tragedy into a park.

Zuraida said this was because the foundation of the area was not suitable for the construction of buildings or houses.

Her ministry, she said, was currently in the midst of coming up with a proposal for the site.

“I understand that the place is not good, in terms of its foundation. We will turn it into a park, which is good.

“The location is quite strategic especially for residents in Ampang,” Zuraida, who is also the Ampang MP, said after an event earlier today.

The Highland Towers consist of three similar 13-storey blocks. On Dec 11, 1993, Block 1 collapsed following a major landslide.

A total of 48 people were killed in the tragedy, including the son and daughter-in-law of former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam. Residents in the remaining two blocks were subsequently evacuated due to safety concerns.

The two blocks remain abandoned.

In June, Zuraida said her ministry would study the possibility of demolishing the remaining blocks so that the land could be utilised.

She said that the abandoned towers had become an eyesore and were hideouts for criminals.