Stop-work order at landslide-hit resort in Batu Ferringhi


GEORGE TOWN (Bernama): The owner of a resort in Jalan Batu Ferringhi has been ordered to stop work on a retaining wall until further notice following a landslide recently.

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) engineering director A. Rajendran said a stretch of road which was closed after the landslide on June 25 is now open to the public.

This follows after the Public Works Department completed work to stabilise the slope at 10.30pm Saturday (June 29).

"All activities at the resort have also been ordered to stop until we have obtained advice and recommendations from consultants to ascertain public safety.  

"MBPP has engaged consultants from the Institution of Engineers Malaysia, while the land owner has also appointed a geo-technical consultant.

"A study has to be carried out first before we can decide on the long-term plan,” he told reporters after visiting the site of the landslide near here Sunday (June 30).

Also present were State Public Works, Utility and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari and North East Land and District officer Rosli Halim.

Four Myanmar nationals were killed in the landslide, which occurred about 9.45pm last Tuesday (June 25).

They were hired by the resort owner to repair the retaining wall after soil movements were detected in the area.

Rajendran said MBPP was preparing an investigation paper on the incident, which would be handed over to the council’s legal officer, on action to be taken against the land owner for building the retaining wall without permission.

Meanwhile, Zairil said the affected road stretch was now safe, with sheet piling being installed on the slope by PWD.

"It is a short-term measure. The long-term measure is the responsibility of the land owner. Hence, MBPP has to follow up with the land owner on the long-term measure to address the problem," he added. - Bernama
Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Nation

Close to 84 tonnes of buffalo meat worth RM1.3mil seized in Pasir Gudang
Pikas well received with applications coming from over 2,000 companies, says Azmin
Umno may postpone party polls by up to 18 months, awaiting supreme council meeting to endorse decision
Covid-19: Over 1.7 million senior citizens have received first dose of vaccine
Nazri: Only four Umno MPs are likely to support a motion to oust Muhyiddin
Vaccination drive for 51,500 frontliners in transportation sector kicks off at Port Klang on Friday (June 25)
One dead, six hurt after factory van skids into ditch
Umno veep Khaled: Let president and supreme council, and no one else, steer the party
Covid-19 vaccination for construction sector to begin July 1 with focus on ongoing projects, says KJ
Loitering turns out to be a costly affair for Sibu youths who breached MCO

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers