Govt urged to ensure sufficient access to landslide-prone properties

PETALING JAYA: All hill slopes and hillside properties must be inspected regularly to prevent landslide tragedies, urged the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).

Noting that many of resorts on hill slopes, hillsides or riversides were located far away from healthcare facilities, their access might be difficult by road in the event of an emergency.

The association which expressed its regret over the loss of lives and injuries of people affected by the Batang Kali landslide said the issue needed to be addressed immediately.

"The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) is deeply saddened at the loss of lives and injuries of people affected by the Batang Kali landslide.

"The fact that the campsites were unlicensed raises serious concerns which we hope the authorities will immediately address.

"There were 121 landslides recorded during the North East monsoon of 2021/2022 while we were also warned in March this year that there were more than 1,000 slopes around the country at risk of landslides.

"As immediate steps to prevent another landslide tragedy, MMA urges the authorities to immediately conduct inspections on all hill slope and hillside properties around the country," said MMA president Dr Muruga Raj Rajathurai in a statement on Saturday (Dec 17).

He said the risk needed to be immediately assessed as heavy rainfall was expected during this time of year, and the public needed to also do their part in reporting any signs of possible landslides to the authorities as there might be new unidentified high-risk sites.

"All commercial and non-commercial high-rise buildings should be checked for their certificate of fitness (CF) and all required licensing and safety approvals.

"People residing or working in high-rise buildings on hill slope properties must be assured of their safety. We urge the authorities involved to swiftly carry out the necessary checks.

"The Health Ministry will need to look into ensuring sufficient air ambulance services for such situations," he added.

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