Illegal renovation of homes among causes of Kemensah Heights landslide, says Takiyuddin

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KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Illegal renovation of houses has been identified as one of the causes of the landslide incident at Jalan Kemensah Heights here, says Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.

The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources who visited the scene on Sunday September 19, said that several owners had had to renovate their houses to accommodate a larger family,

“But it had to be done in accordance with stipulated guidelines and procedures to avoid an incident like this,” he said when met at the scene of the landslide.

Also present was the Director General of the Department of Minerals and Geosciences, Hishamuddin Termidi.

Takiyuddin said a report on the landslide incident was being prepared by the department and is expected to be completed on Monday, September 20.

It will be used as a reference by other agencies and departments for follow-up actions, Takiyuddin added.

Three bungalows and 12 townhouses involving 27 families were affected by the landslide at Jalan Kemensah Heights here on Friday (September 17).

Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, Gombak District Officer Nor Azlina Abdul Aziz said Ampang Jaya City Council (MPAJ) has been tasked to inspect slopes and construction sites in Kemensah Heights area for ensure compliance with the stipulated conditions and regulations.

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