With stringent procedures for approving hillside projects in place, the state government of Penang has consistently prohibited projects beyond 76m.
Penang Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee Chairman, Jagdeep Singh Deo revealed that the current state government will never approve any hillside development above 76m.
In fact, the state has rejected 13 such applications from the federal government and private sector since 2008.
Moreover, the state never compromised on safety at work sites and buildings, whether they were for affordable or low-cost housing.
“I wish to reiterate that the Penang state government’s stand that when we discover any such issue where the safety of the building structure is compromised, whatever the type of building, be it even low-cost and affordable housing, we will demand that the structure be demolished or made good by the developers,” he said after conducting a spot check at two affordable housing projects in Teluk Kumbar.
Jagdeep clarified that the affordable housing project in Tanjung Bungah, where a fatal landslide resulted to the death of 11 construction workers, was built on flat land and not on a hillslope.
With this, he asked critics to leave the probe over the incident to the independent state commission of inquiry.
Image sourced from Malay Mail.
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