Stop-work order at landslide-hit resort in Batu Ferringhi

Work on a retaining wall at a beach resort caused a landslide of the road shoulder, leading to the partial closure of the busy coastal road to Batu Ferringhi. The road is now fully open. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: The owner of a resort in Jalan Batu Ferringhi has been ordered to stop work on a retaining wall until further notice following a landslide recently, said Penang Island City Council engineering director A. Rajendran.

“All activities at the resort have also been ordered to stop until we have obtained advice and recommendations from consultants to ascertain public safety.

“MBPP has engaged consultants from the Institution of Engineers Malaysia, while the land owner has also appointed a geo-technical consultant. A study has to be carried out first before we can decide on the long-term plan,” he told reporters after visiting the site of the landslide near here today.

Also present were State Public Works, Utility and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari and North East Land and District officer Rosli Halim.

The coastal road has been reopened to traffic after the landslide on June 25 left only one lane open.

Four Myanmar nationals were killed in the landslide, which occurred about 9.45pm on Tuesday. They were hired by the resort owner to repair the retaining wall after soil movements were detected in the area.

Rajendran said MBPP was preparing an investigation paper on the incident, which would be handed over to the council’s legal officer, for action to be taken against the land owner for building the retaining wall without permission.

Zairil said the affected road stretch was now safe, with sheet piling being installed on the slope by PWD. “It is a short-term measure. The long-term measure is the responsibility of the land owner. Hence, MBPP has to follow up with the land owner on the long-term measure to address the problem,’ he added.