Jitters for Miami Green residents


(From left, back row) Leng, Aziz Noor, committee member Jack and Leschke at the press conference at the MSOGO Co. Workspace in Prangin Mall, Penang.

(From left, back row) Leng, Aziz Noor, committee member Jack and Leschke at the press conference at the MSOGO Co. Workspace in Prangin Mall, Penang.

THE Penang Island City Council’s (MBPP) cannot assure that safety would not be compromised by the development of a mixed development project behind Miami Green Resort Condominium in Batu Ferringhi, said Miami Green Resort Condominium management corporation vice-chairman Gerhard Leschke.

The mixed development, which obtained planning permission from the council in 2016, comprises two blocks of 34-storey service apartments and a block of 28-storey affordable housing units.

“The council could not assure our safety after we highlighted the fact that the location of the Tanjung Bungah landslide had also been declared safe,” Leshke said at a recent press conference at the MSOGO Co. Workspace in Prangin Mall.

Leschke said the discussion relating to this hillslope development project in Batu Ferringhi had so far failed to produce results.

Leschke, representing the Miami Green Resort Condominium residents, attended the meeting with the MBPP Engineering Department and the developer.

“The outcome of the meeting was unsatisfactory,” he added.

Meanwhile, the independent environmental, health and safety consultant Aziz Noor said the issue with the project was not the building’s height but rather the steepness of the slope.

“The council is right about the footprint of the building being within acceptable limits.

“However, if the steepness of the slope at the construction site exceeds 25 degrees, it violates the Penang Structure Plan 2020,” he said.

The council has suggested the developers do further checks on the slopes near the Miami Green Resort condominium.

Miami Green Resort Condominium management corporation committee member Leslie Leng said that there were no forthcoming meetings with the council to discuss the issue.