Monday, February 16, 2009


It seems like residents who live near hill-slopes will face an uphill battle (pardon the pun) to get the government to stop developments on high-risk slopes. Whilst residents in Tanjong Bungah were staging a protest, the Minister of Works while opening a seminar on hill-slope developments was saying that the country is so short of land that we have no choice but to build on hill-slopes. That is of course the developer's mantra and does not bear scrutiny if you consider the fact that foreshore land is being reclaimed in Penang Island like there is no tomorrow. In Penang and in other states there are many parts that are as yet either undeveloped or not properly developed. The Minister is either being misreported or missed the point that protests are aimed at development of high-risk slopes on Class III and Class IV slopes and no one is objecting to development per se. The issues of safety of residents and property are not being addressed. Kudos to the Bukit Antarabangsa resident who demanded for the report on the latest landslide... and did not resort to shoe-throwing.

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