Penang NGOs demand MBPP step up, freeze building on slopes after fatal wall collapse – Malay Mail
By Opalyn Mok
28 June 2019
GEORGE TOWN, June 28 — Penang Forum and Penang Hills Watch (PHW) today called for a moratorium on all slope development and highway projects over hills following the fatal retaining wall collapse three days ago.
In a joint statement, the two groups said the moratorium should be imposed to allow the state to conduct a comprehensive check on all hill slopes, take remedial actions and conduct hill slope rehabilitations.
“It bears reiteration that this latest incident exposes the dangers of development on slopes, especially when cut, and regardless whether legal or illegal,” they said.
The groups also called on the state government to review its policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures in relation to hillside development.
They said it is important that the state made it clear to all landowners on their responsibilities as “slope owners” and that they need to go through the right channels when there were cases of erosion and slope instability within their premises.
“This latest landslide incident again highlights the need for more public awareness about slope safety and the need for landowners to know their responsibilities in maintaining slopes as well as alerting the authorities when tell-tale signs of slope instability and erosion appear,” they said.