Friday, April 25, 2008

MPAJ did nothing on Ikram report, says MP - The Star

April 25, 2008 By CHRISTINA LOW

BLAME it on the weather, well, at least for now. Downpours were said to be one of the pro-bable causes of the early Wednesday morning incident at Wangsa Heights, Bukit Antarangsa, Ampang.

The incident left four cars damaged after a huge boulder rolled down the cliff on to the parking area of the condominium block.

“It is not the first time that such an incident has happened but it has never been so serious,” resident Adrian Godd said.

He felt that such cases could be prevented if there were retaining walls or fences shielding the building.

Two months ago, Malaysia Public Works Institute (Ikram) submitted a report to the Public Works Depart-ment (JKR), which then referred it to the Ampang Jaya Municpal Council (MPAJ).

The report said the area was a high risk disaster area.

“The report included the site where the incident took place but MPAJ did nothing until the accident,” Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin said after being briefed by officers from Ikram during her visit to the site with Gombak MP Azmin Ali yesterday.

She added that MPAJ should take immediate action to prevent similar cases from occurring, as it had been raining for the past few days.

“We can't take chances. Wire nets should be put up immediately,” Zuraida said.

She was also informed by Ikram that it would be sending a report on the incident to MPAJ yesterday.

Zuraida added that she would ensure that MPAJ tackled the problem as soon as possible.

When contacted, MPAJ deputy president Abdul Hamid Hussain said the council would only be cleaning up the debris while waiting for the reports from Ikram.

“Ikram studied the area and will come up with suggestions for us soon.

“We will only be cleaning up the mud in the compounds and wait till the results are out to decide what to do next,” Abdul Hamid said.

He cited recent downpours as the cause of the landslide as there was no development on the empty land next to the condominium.

Wangsa Heights Management Corporation chairman Syed Fadzil Al’ Shabab was disappointed to find out that MPAJ had not taken any action when they were given the initial report.

1 comment:

Jeffrey Fernandez, B.Sc (Hons) said...

I am a resident staying around Bkt Antarabangsa.

Apart from Wangsa Heights there are other areas within here that needs MPAJ to look at.

Areas like Riverdale Apts,Parks oppsite Impian Selatan,Roads leading towards Kyoto Gardens,Okelife and Sinaran Ukay are not looked at.

I during my stay here since 2002,I never seen any MPAJ officers checking the area! I wonder why?
Who is the officer for landscape under MPAJ in this area?

I have written, phoned and still no changes..

No streetlights
NO signboards
No public faclities

Also Note MPAJ has no 24hrs hotline during any emergency listed with Telekoms. (Pls try calling 103 and asking)

So MPSJ now will claim they never got any report or nobody called them regarding Wangsa Heights.

But the actual facts are WE ARE PAYING U TO LOOK AFTER OUR WELFARE!!

I hope the new SELANGOR GOVT look into this.