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Monday June 20, 2011

Authorities should have just left Bukit Gasing alone

THE saga of Siva Temple and landslides epitomises how our authorities have failed the public in so many ways.

Sadly, it’s just one of many examples all over the country where our authorities fail in their duty of implementing proper planning approvals and enforcement of laws.

Steep hillslope developments present real and imminent risks to lives.

Siva Temple extensions caused the first landslide in March 2007.

Despite the extensions being found to be illegal, they had remained and whatever remedial and risk mitigation works that were supposed to have been put in place were so lacking that it resulted in another landslide in January this year.

Whilst residents applaud the efforts of Derek Fernandez (councillor for the area) in ensuring that the exposed slopes are protected against further erosion, it must rest squarely on MBPJ to enforce the law.

We wait for much more substantial and tangible actions to be taken to right the wrong that has been inflicted against public safety and the beauty of Bukit Gasing.

We now have to keep our fingers crossed that the “Aprons of Bukit Gasing” will be enough to prevent further landslides and risks to the Syabas pump station while MBPJ enforcement officers and Siva Temple committees hold meetings and discussions.

Bukit Gasing is reminding us all that we should leave it alone.

Given the ample signs of instability of exposed slopes and buildings on the hill, will DBKL now admit that they have a duty to give us a hearing before development is allowed?

GARY YEOH

JAC for Bukit Gasing

Petaling Jaya