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DAP rep: Ensure no bodies still buried in deadly landslide

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DAP Tanjung Bungah state assemblyperson Teh Yee Cheu said the developer of the hillside project hit by a deadly landslide last Saturday must ensure that no more bodies are still buried at the site.

Teh urged the Penang government to instruct the developer to complete the clearing of the remaining soil at the construction site along Lorong Lembah Permai 3 in Tanjung Bungah.

" (This is) to make sure that there are no bodies unaccounted for.

"Although there has been a tally to the 14 names submitted by the developer to the Fire and Rescue Department, the government still has a responsibility to put all doubts to rest by clearing the debris," he said.

Teh pointed out that initial reports said there were 20 people onsite, but this was later updated to 14 people.

Three of those onsite managed to escape, while the 11 others who were buried by the landslide perished.

By Monday, two days after the landslide occurred, all bodies had been fully recovered.

Teh also said buyers of the affordable housing project are now caught in limbo, as they do not know whether to continue servicing their loans.

The developer was slapped with a stop work order soon after disaster struck.

Teh urged the developer and state government to come up with an amicable solution for the purchasers.

"Instead of pouring energy to deflect, deny and defend, the Penang government and Penang Island City Council should step up on their efforts to halt all hill development projects and take seriously the feedback from those who disagree with overdevelopment on the island," he added.

Teh is a known maverick in DAP, and has earned the ire of some his colleagues.

He had been a vocal critic of hillside development in Penang even before the occurrence of last Saturday's incident.

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