GEORGE TOWN — Aug. 28, 2019: The findings of the Commission of inquiry on the landslide near a construction site on Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah, two years ago, show that the slope failure was entirely man-made and preventable.
It further concluded that the landslide on October 21, 2017, that killed 11 workers comprising five Bangladeshis, two Indonesians, two Myanmarese, a Pakistani and a local who were buried alive was a disaster waiting to happen.
Among others, the slope failure was caused by a series of successive acts and omissions. In engineering terms, the landslide occurred because the disturbing forces had exceeded the soil resistance.
The landslide that morning did not simply develop overnight. It was heralded by ample warnings from Mother Nature. Those warnings, sadly went either unheeded, or improperly and inadequately heeded.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the commission’s report dated last July 22 provided further analysis on the background facts, excerpts of testimonies recorded during the hearings and findings on liability against several parties.
The 116-page report contains nine recommendations and the commission hopes lessons learned from the unfortunate episode will not be in vain.
Among others, the commission recommends that a criminal investigation be conducted by the police into the consultant engineer’s gross negligence to determine whether or not the consultant engineer ought to be prosecuted.
Copies of the report are available for sale at RM50 each from Level 3, Komtar, from September 3 to 30. — Bernama