Penang Govt Urged To Audit Approvals For Hill Slope Development

Tanjung Bungah landslide: Najib expresses grief, prays for smooth rescue mission

Landslide in Malaysia: Bangladeshis feared dead

On Saturday, seven construction workers were killed and four others are feared still buried after a massive landslide occurred near the construction site of a 50-storey affordable housing block in Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah.

Sayedul Islam, labour counsellor of Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, said a high commission official had gone to the spot and learnt that a few Bangladeshis would be among those buried alive.

A buyer of the Tanjung Bungah project that was hit by a landslide may have recorded early signs of trouble months ago. "If there is no new development, the operation will cease after the "flashing" works end", he told reporters at the site here today.

A seventh body was found on Sunday morning.

"The goal of the police report is to ensure that the police can charge anybody found to have committed professional negligence in carrying out his (or her) duties leading to the accident that killed 11 workers at the site", he added.

Bangladeshi worker Mohammad Jashim Hussein Ahmad said the landslide had caught workers unawares burying his friends who didn't get any time to escape.

The issue of development of hill slopes in the state will be raised at the Penang State Assembly sitting next month in an effort to urge the DAP-led state government to promptly stop such projects.

He said in the Safety Guidelines for Hill Slope Development, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Penang Local Authorities were to strengthen their geotechnical unit, which process and approve applications for hill site development, followed by strict enforcement. "Hopefully, the search and rescue mission runs smoothly, let us pray together", Najib said in a note on his official Twitter account.

Immigration Director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said 113 of those checked did not have proper travel documents.

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