KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Residents in Jalan Bukit Permai, Taman Bukit Permai, Cheras are worried over incidents of rockfalls at a rockslope which has blocked their main access road.
They also fear that lives could be lost if a rockfall occurs when residents happen to pass the area.
A resident identified only as Eric, 34, said the incident at 5pm on Monday was not the first as there was also a rockfall two weeks ago and last year, nearby.
“The first incident took place when I was passing the area. I immediately contacted the Fire and Rescue Department. I do not rule out the possibility that the rockfall was caused by the construction of semi-detached houses on the upper part of the slope since early last year.
“I hope the local authority can take proactive measures not only for the long term but also short term to prevent a worse incident from taking place,” he said when met by reporters.
He said residents had protested against the project as there were several existing housing projects on the slope such as Vista Panorama Condominium, Mutiara apartments and the Taman Bukit Permai terrace houses.
Another resident, who wanted to be known only as Fuad, 37, said the rockfall incidents were worrying as there could be a landslide if no preventive measures were taken.
“Prior to this, the rocks which fell were small. But on Monday, the size of the boulder that fell could fit into a 10-tonne lorry. I don’t want them to do something only when lives are lost,” said Fuad, who has been staying at the condominium since last year.
Azzu, 40, said there was also water flowing down the rocky slope from some undetermined source.