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S’gor forms team to review hillslope projects

SHAH ALAM, 10 Dec 2008: The state government has set up a team to review development on hillslopes approved during the previous administration, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said.

“The study will include existing developments and those that have already been completed or occupied. We want to identify the best way to monitor these projects,” he said.

Speaking to reporters after chairing the weekly executive council meeting today, Abdul Khalid said, ever since taking over the state government’s administration, the Pakatan Rakyat had never approved development on hillslopes of more than 25 degrees.

He said the state government would not point fingers over the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide tragedy which killed four people as the affected housing areas was developed nearly 20 years ago.

He also said that the state government had not decided whether to compensate the victims of the landslide.

Abdul Khalid said all houses affected by the incident were private properties.

The state government, he said, could provide assistance in terms of finding suitable houses for the victims and other assistance such as foodstuff and temporary shelter.

The state government was also offering the landslide victims a 50% discount at the state government-owned Hotel De Palma in Ampang, he said.

Speaking to reporters at the parliament house in Kuala Lumpur later, Abdul Khalid said, hillslope development projects which had been approved in Selangor, would be reviewed and stop-work orders would be issued if necessary. — Bernama


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