Rep calls for setting up of geotechnical commission


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 16 Nov 2018

A STATE lawmaker has suggested that a Civil and Geotechnical Engineering Commission be established following the two recent fatal landslides in Penang.

Jason Ong Khan Lee (PH–Kebun Bunga) said the commission should be headed by a building surveyor and consist of engineers and qualified professionals who can issue stop-work orders, order mitigation and rectification and report to the state legislative assembly and Parliament.

“The commission should also be given the responsibility to issue Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and the required criteria for the Social Impact Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment and Traffic Impact Assessment.

“The commission should also be equipped with a Geographical Information System so they can map out landslide and flood hazzards,” said Ong during the debate on the Supply and Development Budget 2019 at the state assembly on Tuesday.

On a separate matter, Ong then suggested the unification of both Penang bridges and ferry services, to be run under a single company.

“This will ensure efficient and integrated management which in turn will ensure better profits and weather losses,” he said.

He then touched on the premium imposed for developers of affordable housing projects on the island, proposing for full exemption on the premium as an effort to reduce the price of homes.

“Premium exemptions at appropriate rates can also be given for affordable homes for developers on the mainland since the house prices there are still relatively low.

“The state government should also integrate Housing Information System and Big Data to reduce the percentage of ineligible buyers and allow them to purchase the medium-cost and affordable homes,” he added.

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