Residents’ fear of a landslide comes true


THEY said it would happen, and it did. Residents in Jalan Meru were proved right when a landslide occurred at a construction site in neighbouring Taman Desa during the weekend.  

Even as the project took off last year, they were sure that all it would take was a downpour to bring on a landslide. It finally happened on Saturday.  

The residents' main concern was a retaining wall built around the project site. It had begun to crack and tilt.  

Apprehensive, they approached Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who took the issue up with DBKL. City Hall issued a stop-work order.  

However, the project revived all of a sudden and, as expected, the landslide occurred.  

Kok showingthe area wherethe landslideoccurred onSaturday.

“During my last visit to City Hall I was told by the Public Works Department director that the developer was supposed to carry out remedial work on the retaining wall,'' said Kok during a visit to the site. “But, that was never done.''  

Kok said an official from Mampu Jaya Sdn Bhd, the project developer, informed her that it had DBKL's approval to carry out the remedial works.  

“He claimed that work to bring down the retention wall was supposed to have been carried out, but the water and mud from the landslide had pushed down the wall,'' she said, adding that a meeting with Mampu Jaya would be held soon to allay the fears of the residents.  

Meanwhile, City Hall engineers visited the project side yesterday to assess the situation. 

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