(The Big Minister: See I told you baargers already. Now how?)
Photo copied from laman web Menteri Besar Selangor
There was another landslide in the Ulu Klang area yesterday. This time the landslide killed 4 innocent people.
I live in the Ulu Klang area.
I am very sad for the families of the victims (and I shall slap the next person who tells me that it's lucky it is only an Indonesian squatter area).
But more than sad I am ANGRY.
I am angry that such a thing could have happened again in an area that has already experienced 4 other fatal landslides since 1993. I am angry because like all the other times the politicians come out and visit the area, they put on the requisite sad and concerned looks. And they make statements. And then all will be forgotten until the next landslide.
Since I moved into the Ulu Klang area about 5 years ago I have seen hills being cleared, housing built and being built on precariously steep hill slopes. Since the 1993 Highland Towers tragedy there has been much talk about scrutinising developements on hillslopes etc. and how the authorities are going to be more careful in their approval of such projects. Talk, talk, talk...then more people die and talk some more. So 4 more landslides have occurred since 1993 and more people have lost their lives. Watch out for more talk and pronouncements from our elected representatives.
And then be prepared to die. From landslides caused by irresponsible development, drinking the tap water or just simply from working yourself to death to pay for the higher priced petrol and electricity cos nothing is going to happen make anything better.
In The Star today, the Big minister of our developed state was reported as "fuming". Meaning
that he is very, very, very angry la, that this has happened. He "...put the blame squarely on
greedy developers, contractors and consultants and ordered the proper authorities to review
projects situated in high gradient areas..."
So there. But this next quote is a killer one la.
"...I am fed up with the developers' attitude. In this case <...> the stage government's technical team foresaw the problem and had recommended the developer take mitigation measures to prevent a landslide. But they did not heed the call, and I am coming down hard on the developer of this project. I will make sure future projects involving high gradient areas are scrutinised with a fine tooth comb."
Just from that one paragraph alone, I as a member of the tax paying rakyat have a lot of questions I demand answers to.
Fuming? If he had any conscience or an ounce of honour he would resign. Sure the developers are to be blamed for cutting the hillside. But who gave them the approval for the project in the first place? It is a high gradient project in an area where there has been 4 other fatal landslides. So why were more developments allowed?
The government's technical team had foreseen the problem???!!! If they had foreseen the
problem why the f**k did they still allow it? Measures to prevent landslides? If such things were 100% possible the big Man upstairs would go out of business.
And the developers "did not heed the call"??? What the f**k does that mean? So what were
you doing about it? You mean they told you and your people to go f**k yourself and you let them? How many had to close one eye to allow that to happen?
So now you say that you are going to scrutinise all future projects involving high gradient areas.
So after the 5 landslides and the tragic loss of lives you are still planning to approve projects in
Ulu Klang which you yourself admit is a landslide prone area? I don't get your logic.
One more thing. So those people died and the Big minister made all the right noises at the
site. But I hope that as he drove out of there he also noticed all the other "projects" that are
being carved out of the Ulu Klang hills. Doesn't need his technical team to foresee shit. Just
drive along Jalan Ulu Klang. Anybody can see that there are scores of landslides waiting to
Wait...wait...wait...with one eye closed how to see, Patrick. Shit!
postscript: This MB guys is so full of crap that if he doesn't release some on us from time to time he'd explode...read this bit from the state website (which they copied from The Star)...
Retaining wall failed, says MB
Posted on Thursday, June 01 @ 15:19:22 MYT
KUALA LUMPUR: The landslide, which flattened the longhouses, was caused by the failure of a
retaining wall built by the developer of a nearby project, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr
Mohd Khir Toyo said.
He said the retaining wall was only completed a week ago.
“Maybe it was a faulty design by the developer's consultants,” he said at the scene last night.
Dr Khir said the 54ha development was a distance away from the houses that were buried in the landslide.
However, he said the state government ordered the retaining wall to be built because it had reason to believe that the building works would cause the soil to become loose.
He added that the land where the longhouses were located was given to Malaysians but they
were rented out to Indonesians.
Dr Khir said the retaining wall was 100m long and 0.6m high.
“This incident should not have happened at all. I am very disappointed with the irresponsible
attitude of the consultant and contractor,” he said.
He hoped that the relevant authorities would take the necessary action against them.
the star online
I have red-lined the bits I think are shitty and stupid coming from anyone who is the Big minister of a developed state. You want to play also? Get a red marker pen.
I am not being very funny today as I write this. I find nothing to be funny about. Strange.