NGOs: Further landslides can be avoided

NGOs: Further landslides can be avoided

Environment, Hillslopes

4/12/2021 2:02:00 AM

NGOs: Further landslides can be avoided

PETALING JAYA: Failure by the authorities to apply stringent protection on the environment and to regularly maintain hillslopes is an invitation to future tragedies, warn environmental groups following the latest Cameron Highlands landslide.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) president Meenakshi Raman said despite the many landslide incidents in Cameron Highlands and its vicinity, clearly, not enough measures were being taken to prevent such tragedies.“Often, we hear of landslides and slope failures happening following continuous rainfall not only in Camerons but also in other parts of the country.

“Rainfall is to be expected but that cannot be the primary cause of landslides and slope failures.“For landslides and slope failures to happen and be triggered by continuous rainfall, there must be disturbances to the natural terrain in the area concerned,” said Meenakshi, who also called on the authorities to immediately investigate the latest incident and make public the findings.

SAM is also concerned as to whether any land-clearing for agricultural activities or other developments may have taken place as these need to be halted for protective and rehabilitative steps to be taken immediately.“With the advent of climate change, heavy rainfall with increased frequency and intensity (is expected), it is high time that our authorities act with utmost caution and strictly control development on hill lands and highlands while carrying out more frequent monitoring and firmly enforcing existing laws and regulations.

Covid-19: Three new school clusters found as Sabah sees increase in daily cases

“We should halt the conversion of hill lands and highlands and strictly control existing activities. Otherwise, we will be inviting further tragedies,” she said.Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands (REACH) president Dilip Martin said the landslide occurred due to heavy rain over the past month during the monsoon season.

“This is normal for the highlands, and is due to more rainfall during this period.”The Public Works Department (JKR) used to clear trees on the slope and the drainage system said Dilip but he claimed it stopped several years ago.“They used to do it in Jalan Tapah-Cameron Highlands but no longer.

“It should be done regularly so that we can see any earth movement or else the trees on the slope will get bigger and heavier. So when it rains, for sure a landslide will occur.“JKR has to look into this matter seriously in the Tapah and Simpang Pulai routes,” he said.

Covid-19: Over 480,000 kids aged five to 12 have registered for jabs, says Dr Noor Azmi

Malaysian Nature Society president Prof Dr Ahmad Ismail said the soil status along the accident-prone roads should be assessed by the authorities.“This is because landslides along the Kapar-Cameron Highlands road happen frequently, especially during the rainy season and usually in areas with agricultural activities which involve land clearing,” he said.

Police have confirmed that two men – a lorry driver and a multi-purpose vehicle driver – were buried under Thursday’s landslide at Jalan Simpang Pulai-Blue Valley.The latest landslide came on the heels of another that occurred on Nov 22, which caused part of Jalan Tapah-Cameron Highlands FT Route 059 to be temporarily closed at Section 62.65 to facilitate emergency works.

The highlands, a popular tourist spot, had seen many catastrophic landslides.The most notable tragedies occurred in the Bertam Valley mud floods in 2013 and 2014, leaving several people dead.

Read more: The Star »

Carjacker nabbed after stabbing ehailing driver in the neck

KUALA LUMPUR: An armed carjacker who stabbed an ehailing driver in the neck before stealing his car has been arrested. Read more >>

Reducing barriers for the blindVisually-impaired people face a number of challenges every day, from reading a label on a canned drink to figuring out if they are at the right bus stop.

Supply of vegetables not cut off by Camerons landslide | The Malaysian InsightLorries will now use Tapah road but journey will be two hours longer.

Vehicle trapped in Cameron Highlands landslide, victims yet to be known | Malay MailIPOH, December 3 — A vehicle buried in a landslide along the Section 27 of Jalan Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands. A Perak Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson said they received the distress call at around 1.44pm today. “When we reached the place of the incident, we found that the debris...

Rains trigger floods and landslides in Vietnam, 18 missingHANOI (Reuters) - Heavy rains that triggered floods and landslides in central Vietnam have left at least 18 people missing, some feared dead, with houses destroyed and roads damaged, authorities said on Thursday.

Duo dead after vehicles buried in Cameron Highlands landslide, cops confirm | Malay MailIPOH, Dec 3 — Two men died in a landslide on the FT 185, Km 27.10 Jalan Simpang Pulau-Blue Valley here, yesterday. According to the Perak police chief, Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, who was at the location, the dead were lorry driver Muhammad Hafiz Hamdi, 31, while the other was... Kemunculan seorang lelaki dari Pakistan bernama Muhammad Qasim bin Abdul Karim yg melihat mimpi tentang tanda-tanda kiamat, plot & perang yg akan berlaku terhadap Islam & umatnya semakin tidak dapat disanggah lagi. Lawati atau cari ‘Muhammad Qasim Dreams’ Muhammad Qasim Ibn Abdul Karim has seen many dreams in which Allah and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advised him to follow the straight path and the things he should avoid. All these dreams confirm the message of Quran and hadith. Learn more at

Victim of Cameron Highlands landslide often spoke about dangers, say family | Malay MailIPOH, Dec 3 — The lorry driver who was killed in the landslide at Km 27.10 Jalan Simpang Pulai-Blue Valley here, had always shared stories of landslides in Cameron Highlands to raise the awareness of others but little did he know that he would be a victim himself. The... Muhammad Qasim melihat Jibril AS dalam mimpinya, dan dia kemudian dibawa ke tempat di mana bacaan Surah Ar Rahman diperdengarkan. Qasim telah melihat banyak mimpi ilahi dan ada peringatan bagi umat Islam dalam mimpi-mimpi ini. Maklumat lebih lanjut di RIP..