There is one clear message that arises from the Bukit Antarabangsa tragedy. The message that arises here is: Sustainable development is a pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs but the comprehensive Slope Safety System should be the first priority to safeguard public safety.
In any event, stern action should be taken against the hill slope housing projects developers that breach the existing guidelines and regulations. Undeniably, planning can only sustain development, but not the environment.
The professionals that approved and monitoring the projects during the construction stage should also be held supervisory responsibility. In the wake of the socially irrational tragedy,
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi immediately banned hillside developments and ordered all current projects to be frozen while soil tests are carried out after a weekend landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa tragedy killed four people and forced thousands to evacuate.
“Malaysians never want to learn from past experiences. They want good views while developers only seek to profit ... no one takes safety and soil stability into consideration,” he said.