Two groups lodge reports against Penang, city council over landslide incident

By Opalyn Mok
The Malaysian United Party lodged a police report this morning.

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 24 — Two different political groups, the Penang Front Party (PFP) and Malaysian United Party (MU), lodged police reports against the Penang state government and the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) over the deadly landslide that killed 11 workers on October 11.

PFP president Datuk Patrick Ooi, who lodged the report at the Northeast district police headquarters this morning, urged the police to investigate the landslide incident at a construction site in Tanjung Bungah.

“We want the police to investigate if the project has any fixed safety systems to prevent such an incident and we are also worried of any abuse of power in the approval of the project near a quarry site,” he told reporters outside the police station.

He said both MBPP and the state government must take responsibility for approving the project without conducting a thorough study on possible effects of constructing at a site near a quarry site.

“The authorities have also ignored the voice of the people and non-governmental organisations that have raised objections against the growing number of hillslope projects in the state,” he said.

He also accused the MBPP and the state government of using baseless excuses to cover up their respective weaknesses that led to the landslide incident.

“Their excuse that it was a work site accident is unacceptable especially when the Department of Environment did not approve the project,” he said.

He said the fatalities in the incident could have been avoided if the state had adhered to the DOE’s objections against the project.

Meanwhile, MU members who also lodged a police report on the same issue, urged the police to investigate the approval process of the project.

“We want the police to investigate if there are any graft involved in the approval process of this project,” said MU Vice President Lim Boo Chang.