The only silver lining in the Lestari Perdana, Serdang landslip on Tuesday (25 January) was that there were no casualties or injuries. However, it is not a simple matter of just repairing, rebuilding and calling it a day. In fact, a similar incident in 2017 along this same stretch of road implies that a thorough soil integrity analysis should be conducted immediately to prevent future disasters.
Back then, there were signs of soil subsidence next to the drain and cracks appeared along Jalan LP 1A/2 on the road surface. All these pointed towards issues in the soil structure, raising worries among the locals. At that time, I also spoke to the then-Subang Jaya Municipal Council (now-MBSJ) about the issue.
However, even though MPSJ did send some officers to check on the area, it appeared that no substantial corrective or preventive follow-up action was done. Hence, with the recent heavy downpour, it most likely accelerated the deterioration of the soil structure and this led to this catastrophic collapse.
I believe that all parts of local government need to take a more active role in this incident and this does not include just the local elected assemblyman, but all members of MBSJ, the Selangor Land and Mines Office (PTG) and even the Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS).
In the surrounding area, over 80 shoplots were constructed around 25 years ago. Therefore, the authorities should not only think about rebuilding, but also conducting a soil analysis in the surrounding areas to check the severity of the issue and whether they are safe for businesses and locals there.
Suffice to say, without resolving the root issue, we will just be sitting ducks for another landslip and/or landslide in the future.
Also, I suggest the Pakatan Selangor state government and MBSJ establish a special task-force specifically for landslip and/or landslide incidents. This is because every monsoon season, there will be people living near hilly terrain and rivers who will be worried about potential threats to their lives and property.
Datuk Liew Yuen Keong
MCA Puchong Division Chairman