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Thursday December 18, 2008

Rehabilitation works at slope still not done

EVEN after two landslips, Sime Darby Bhd has yet to keep to its promise to rehabilitate the hill slope along Jalan SS17/1G.

The rehabilitation works were supposed to have started in November but no action has been taken yet. A signboard erected by the company at the site only stated that there would be work carried out in the area but the date was not stated.

Dangerous: The hill slope poses a danger to the apartment residents who live on the hill as well as the residents who live facing the slope.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh and the Lafite Apartments Management Corporation (MC) urged Sime Darby to keep its word on rehabilitating the slopes.

“I’m very unhappy with the delay. Something should be done before any untoward incidents happen,” Yeoh said.

In an announcement to Lafite residents, it was stated that the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) had convened meetings with Sime Darby and the MC on March 19, June 4, and July 17 to discuss how Sime Darby was to assist with the rehabilitation works at their own cost and to ensure that all safety measures are in place as provided for in the Soil Investigation Report.

According to MC chairman Wong TK, the landslips occurred in 1999 and 2002.

There are 282 units in the apartment and at least 30 houses facing the hill slope.

“In 1999, the rubble wall collapsed and the MPSJ came to replace it to prevent landslips.

“Sime Darby had promised to undertake the rehabilitation work but now they are trying to pass the buck back to MPSJ,” he said.

“The soil shifts after the rain. Due to the destabilisation, the joints of the walls in my apartment have also come apart.

“Some 50% of the apartments have been rented out and I believe that the property rating has decreased to at least 30-40%,” Wong, who has been staying at Lafite since 1995, said.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) coucillor Theresa Ratnam Thong was also present and she said that Sime Darby had conducted a soil investigation which had shown there was a design defect.

According to MPSJ engineering director Adnan Derahman, one of the tasks to be undertaken by Sime Darby was to build a berm drain to divert the water from infiltrating the slope.

“We have spent about RM300,000 to RM400,000 to build the retaining walls but that was all we could do as the hill slope is under Sime Darby’s jurisdiction,” he said.

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