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Thursday, 8 May 2014

MPS assures that surrounding houses not affected

Repairs: Sheet-piling being carried out to prevent further damage at landslide site.

Repairs: Sheet-piling being carried out to prevent further damage at landslide site.

TAMAN Selayang Baru residents have been reassured that their houses were not affected by the 15m landslide that occurred on Monday morning.

Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) president Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said the district officer, Datuk Nor Hisham Dahlan had been informed of the incident in his capacity as district Disaster Committee chairman.

“Right now, no emergency has been declared and the MPS engineering department has said the houses immediately surrounding the landslide are not affected,” he said.

Mohd Azizi said work to repair the damage had started at around 8pm on Monday evening but had to be stopped because the sheet-piledriver developed problems.

“I was informed that work had resumed on Tuesday and we want the land owner to finish the sheet-piling to prevent further damage and soil erosion,” Mohd Azizi said.

According to him, the owner of the land planned to build a warehouse on the site.

He said MPS had not detected the illegal excavations because the work was only carried out on weekends.

Mohd Azizi was speaking after rewarding 76 council personnel with Excellent Service Awards for their performance in 2013.

During the event, 21 retirees also received appreciation awards while 12 children were given incentives for academic performance.

The awards for 2013 also saw a new council-level award — the President’s Award — which was given to eight individuals and MPS units.

“We have two criteria for the new award. Firstly, the individual or unit must have managed to increase revenue or decrease costs.

“Secondly, they must be active in raising a positive image of the council to the public,” Mohd Azizi explained.

Landscaping Department personnel Krisnam Ratnam, one of the award winners, was lauded for his efforts in promoting the council through participation in various athletic activities, invariably clad in council-printed T-shirts or caps.

“I never thought about the award. I just enjoy participating in activities such as half-marathons and towerthons,” said Krisnam, who had participated in the KL Tower towerthon at least five times.

Tags / Keywords: Environment , Government , Central Region , Selayang Municipal Council , Excellent Service Awards , Taman Selayang Baru landslide


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