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SAM asks MBPP, state authorities to explain Mount Erskine earthworks

Last Update: 18/11/2019

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 18 -- Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has urged the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and the state authorities to explain earthworks and a hill-cutting project being carried out on the steep slopes of Mount Erskine near residential apartments in Tanjung Tokong near here.

In a statement today, SAM president Meenakshi Raman said a significant part of the hill-cutting involved hilly land or steep slopes.

“The state policy under the Penang Structure Plan is to protect hill lands and not allow earthworks on lands above 250 feet or slopes which exceed the 25-degree gradient, and given that this is public land, we are alarmed that such hill-cutting and clearing is going on,” she said.

The president expressed concern over potential disasters as many parts of the slopes were bare and could result in serious soil erosion, especially during the monsoon season.

“We are very worried about a repeat of landslide tragedies such as that at the Granito site and Bukit Kukus in Paya Terubong which led to the deaths of workers in the area,” she added.




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