GEORGE TOWN, Dec 16 — The Penang government plans to come up with guidelines for campsites in the state as a safety measure against any untoward incidents, after a pre-dawn landslide in Selangor claimed the lives of over 10 people.

Yeoh Soon Hin, the state tourism and creative economy committee chairman, said he has instructed Penang local councils to conduct a study on the number of campsites in the state and whether these places have permits or not.

“Generally, as a rule, any development, with structures for campsites, will need approvals from the local councils,” he said.

He said both city councils will need to conduct a study on the number of campsites in the state and to see if there are any guidelines governing these sites.


Meanwhile, when contacted, Penang Island City Council Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said he has given instructions to check on the campsites under the city council, such as the one at the Youth Park, to ensure it is safe for campers.

Earlier today, the National Disaster Management Agency confirmed a landslide had occurred at a campsite near the Father’s Organic Farm in Batang Kali, Selangor on the alternative road to Genting Highlands, Pahang near Gohtong Jaya.

The latest official information from the Ministry of Development and Government at 1pm put the death toll at 16, with 61 reported safe.


Searchers are still looking for 17 people.