GEORGE TOWN, Nov 2 ― The Penang government allocated RM10 million in its budget 2018 for hill protection as part of its environmental issues planning.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, in tabling the budget today, said the sum will be allocated for hill slope protection together with a study on climate change.
He said landslides have been observed as happening less frequently in developed areas as measures are taken to protect against soil erosion.
In comparison, he said hillslopes where illegal farming is rampant do not get soil protection measures and as such, are prone to landslides.
He touched on the October 21 landslide on a housing construction site in Tanjung Bungah that killed 11 workers, stating that there were suspicions of professional negligence in the incident.
“A special Commission of Inquiry has been formed to determine all questions raised in a public forum format and the commission’s hearing is open to the public free of charge,” he said.
He added the project is frozen and the consultants have been blacklisted until the findings of the commission are announced and the findings will be made public.