Friday, October 19, 2018

Landslide mishap in Penang

Star Online - Three killed, 12 missing in Penang landslide:

GEORGE TOWN: Three people were killed while 12 were missing after a landslide occurred in Bukit Kukus in Paya Terubong here on Friday (Oct 19).

Four containers used to house workers at the construction site were covered in the landslide and 10 workers were reportedly buried under the earth.

According to state exco member Phee Boon Poh, three people were killed in the incident.

The search and rescue operation by Fire and Rescue Department is still ongoing while survivors have been sent to hospital.

Photos being shared on social media show parts of the disaster where mangled cargo containers, possibly used as site offices, store rooms or workers’ quarters, are seen lying on their sides.

The landslide took place at the construction zone of the paired road from Bandar Baru Ayer Itam to Bukit Jambul, which has been beset with problems.

Last Thursday (Oct 11), 14 concrete beams, 25m-long each, crashed down from an elevated section of the highway. No injuries were reported.

State Works Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari earlier described the project as “very complicated”

Very sad. It's not far from where my old house was. As a kid I used to play around that district. I hope the missing 12 can and will be located soonest. My thoughts are with them and their families.


  1. This is the environmental degredation you get after 10 years of rule by

    DAP = Developers Action Party

    1. This is one of the few occasions when I agree with you.

      Only 17,000 out of a population of 1.7 million oppose the PIL (Penang Island Link), whilst only 12,000 people support another online petition in favour of the project.

      So what about the rest of Penang lang - are they for PIL, against PIL or indifferent?

      Sometimes I feel it is no point bothering about matters such as this and let whatever is likely to happen to happen.

  2. And Highland Towers in 1993 was after how many years of which party?

  3. I sometimes wonder if the solution to Penangites wanting to get from one end of the island to the other is staring them in the face as they gaze out to the beautiful sea everyday. Seeing that they value their environment so much why don't they use the sea as their carriageway, ie using ferries. Much cheaper to build ferry ports around the island. And if ferry is slower, dependent on weather etc hey, that's the price you pay for wanting to preserve your environment. But typical of Penangites they want the cheapest, the best quality and the nicest to squeeze. Public transport? hey, it must be to my doorstep, otherwise I drive.

  4. So many crashes and victims on the NS, EW, Karak highways everyday.

    Are we going to stop building highways?

    Likewise so many landslides and deaths occur in Cameron , Genting Highlands year in and year out.

    Should we close all those farms and the resort?

    As far as I know, Malaysians seem to be very concerned about environmental issues only when development is too close to their houses or land. If the prices of their houses or land appreciates because of development, it is not a problem. But if it depreciates the value of their house or land, causes congestion, access to main roads or shopping malls and amenities, causes their longkangs to overflow etc then it becomes a very big environmental concern.

    It's an even bigger environmental issue when the residents are of a different political party to their MP or ADUN or Govt. they don't like.