By Azian Aziz
AMPANG JAYA, Jan 20 — The state government has been urged to share some of its findings from the latest research on slopes in Bukit Antarabangsa with residents, so that they are aware of its safety status and could take precautionary actions.
Ampang MP Rodziah Ismail said the research, conducted by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) experts from the Institute of Public Works (Ikram), has been completed and tabled to the state government.
“I cannot reveal the documents as it is subject to the Official Secret Act (OSA) and have yet to see them. But in my opinion, there may be several pieces of information that need to be shared with the residents.
“People have been wondering what happened as there were so many slope issues in the area, but were never told what mitigation action they have to take. However, I would like to advise residents not to panic when they know the answer,” she said, adding the proposal will be brought forward to the state government’s attention.
Rodziah said this after the public dialogue ‘Slopes Management in Ampang’ with residents at the auditorium of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), yesterday evening.
Also present were MPAJ president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim, MPAJ Engineering Department director Ir Zafrul Fazry Mohd Fauzi, Hulu Langat District Officer Ani Ahmad, and Ampang District police representative DSP Mohamad Fisol Abdullah.
Rodziah said she will also highlight several proposals related to slope issues in Ampang in Parliament.
“The proposals include being more proactive in monitoring existing slopes, and taking action to prevent any untoward incidents.
“A platform to discuss slope issues also needs to be streamlined to ensure all relevant parties can help resolve the problem, and not merely find solutions when landslides have already occurred. They must discuss with the right perspective and budget in managing the issue,” she said.