Tuesday, July 7

Tanjung Bungah landslide: Developer given one week to meet buyers

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GEORGE TOWN: The Penang DAP government has given the developer of the affordable housing scheme in Lengkok Lembah Permai in Tanjung Bungah, Penang one week to meet with buyers to explain what happened and the current situation.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the developer of the project, Taman Sri Bunga Sdn Bhd, has been given that time to resolve all issues with the buyers.

“If not, the state government will intervene on behalf of the buyers,” he said in a press conference here yesterday.

In the incident last Saturday, the landslide at the project site killed 11 workers including a local, four Bangladeshis, two Indonesians, three Myanmar nationals and one Pakistani.

During the incident at 8.57am, all the deceased were working at the construction project site.

Lim said he hoped the Penang Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the landslide would uncover the cause and penalise the people responsible so as to give justice to the victims.

He added that the Penang City Council (MBPP) had lodged a police report on the incident.

“We leave it to the police as well as any other parties   including the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) to conduct an investigation and endorse the incident as an accident at a construction site,” he said.

Meanwhile, MBPP Mayor Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif who was also present at the press conference said the Department of Urban and Rural Planning had no objections to the project development in the area.

She said in a letter dated Dec 11, 2014, the department said in principle, it had no objections to any application for permit to build a 53-storey block of affordable flats comprising two 38-storey towers, a 12 storey parking lot podium  and a single-storey community facility at Lot 4510, Mukim 18, Lorong Lembah Permai 3, Tanjung Bungah.

“On the location, the Mineral and Geoscience Department also had no objection on the project,” she said. — Bernama