Tanjung Bungah DAP assemblyperson Teh Yee Cheu has been opposing housing projects on hill slopes, including the one in Lengkok Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah which was hit by a landslide yesterday.
"Over the past three years, I have been protesting through various channels including the state legislative assembly and writing to the state government but no action has been taken," he told reporters when met at the scene of the incident in Penang today.
He claimed that there were at least three hill slope housing projects currently underway in the area while 10 more projects were in the process of being approved by the state government.
Teh hopes that the hill slope projects would be stopped immediately to avoid recurrence of such tragedy.
He said the projects were also objected by the residents there but it was ignored by the authorities.
"The hillside area in Tanjung Bungah is a strategic area and it is profitable because it has a high property value and that is why more construction projects especially housing are being built here."
Teh said the state government and developers should take responsibility for what had happened.
A landslide on Saturday buried 11 construction workers at the site of an affordable housing block.
Nine bodies have so far been recovered.