Boulders wreak havoc at Mutiara Court Apartment

The damage caused by a boulder that fell into a shed in the Mutiara Court Apartments in Ampang.

Mutiara Court Apartment residents in Ampang are watching the skies after boulders from a nearby cliff fell on sheds and cars in the vicinity.

The residents of the apartments in Taman Bukit Permai that fronted the 30m-high cliff are fearing for their safety and for their properties which could be damaged if more rocks fell.

Joint Management Body chairman L.K. Sow, 64, said the roof of an unoccupied shed was crushed by a dislodged boulder on Nov 16 at about 5pm, one of many increasingly frequent incidents.

“About three weeks ago the windscreen, roof, bonnet and boot of my car were damaged by smaller rocks. The paint work alone will cost me RM700.

“The rocks have been falling more frequently now since the development of semi-detached houses on the cliff started,” he said.

According to Teratai assemblyman Tiew Way Keng, slope-strengthening activities by Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) such as netting and installing rock bolts had begun on two sides of the cliff stretch facing the apartments.

However, nothing was done in the middle portion, which was now posing a danger.

“MPAJ will have to cut some trees because as the trees get bigger, the roots also grow deeper into the rocks causing cracks.

“We urge MPAJ to look into this problem as it is not the first time this has happened and we do not want them to wait until it gets worse.

MPAJ councillor Supiramany Sinnapayal said the council would have to carry out remedial works in case of a rockslide or landslides in the area.

“We will organise a meeting next week with the developer and residents to thrash out the problem,” he said during a site visit.

Another councillor Mohamad Samat said MPAJ would use part of its RM16mil budget allocated by the state government to repair the slopes.

“If residents find any slopes that may need repair, they need to contact MPAJ immediately; and claims can be made to MPAJ for those whose properties are damaged by the rockfall,” he said.

MPAJ Engineering Department geologist Mohd Khairudin Mohamed said surveys had been done for the development on the slope and they received the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) ensuring its safety.

“There are no suggestions for solutions yet because it needs to be discussed, but we will investigate the best way to repair the slope,” he said.

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