Batang Kali landslide: Works Ministry finalising Cabinet report, says Nik Nazmi

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  • Tuesday, 30 May 2023

PETALING JAYA: A full Cabinet report on the deadly Batang Kali landslide is being finalised by the Works Ministry, says Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

"We submitted our preliminary report to the Cabinet some time back but the Works Ministry is coordinating the full report," the Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister told reporters after visiting a river rehabilitation project involving Sungai Penchala on Tuesday (May 30).

He said his ministry's report, which was submitted to the Works Ministry, was based on the findings of the Mineral and Geoscience Department (JMG) and Survey and Mapping Department (Jupem).

Asked about the salient points of his report, Nik Nazmi said there were concerns about the possibility of human activities which could have led to the incident.

On Dec 16, a landslide struck the Father’s Organic Farm campsite along the Batang Kali-Genting stretch in the wee hours of the morning.

The tragedy claimed the lives of 31 victims, including 13 children.

It was reported in February that family members of the victims urged the government to immediately reveal the results of the investigation, including setting up a Royal Commission of Inquiry.

On Feb 26, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the state is willing to release the report by the JMG in writing to relatives of the victims if there was a request.

When contacted last week, Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said a full report has yet to be tabled in the Cabinet.

He said only the Cabinet note on the incident was tabled.

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