Batang Kali landslide report ready by end June, says Nanta


KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Works Ministry is finalising the final draft of the report on the Batang Kali landslide.

In a statement on Monday (June 5) Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said his ministry, through the Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR) in collaboration with relevant government agencies was preparing the final draft of the report on the tragedy that occurred in Batang Kali on Dec 16, 2022, which will be ready by the end of June.

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"Among the elements taken into account in the completion of this report are soil investigation tests as well as laboratory and data analysis.

"It is important for various experts, including from geotechnical engineering and geology fields, to analyse the data from this test to determine the failure mechanism," he said.

He added that the findings would be presented to the Cabinet before being finalised for all parties involved to take further action.

"I understand that many parties, including the families of the affected victims, want to know or get the final report of the incident, so I assure JKR is doing its best to complete this process," he said.

It was reported that family members of the Batang Kali landslide victims had questioned the apparent lack of progress in the government's investigation of the tragedy.

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Sam Choon Seng, who lost his sister and nephew in the December mishap was quoted saying that six months have passed since the incident but the government had yet to release its findings.

"We are disappointed by the delay," he said on Friday (June 2).

Wong Wai Foong, the relative of another victim, said the Selangor Mentri Besar had said in February that the technical report was ready and they could apply to see it.

The landslide on Dec 16 struck the Father's Organic Farm campsite along the Batang Kali-Genting stretch, claiming the lives of 31 victims, including 13 children.

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