rayuan MPAJ hari ini
PUTRAJAYA: Mahkamah Persekutuan di sini, hari ini akan memutuskan mengenai
permohonan Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) untuk mengemukakan rayuan
terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan menetapkan pihak berkuasa tempatan itu
bertanggungjawab terhadap perkara yang menyumbang sehingga runtuhnya satu
blok kondominium Highland Towers pada 1993 berikutan saman kecuaian
dikemukakan oleh penghuni dua blok kondominium di kawasan yang sama.
today on MPAJ's appeal application for leave MM 06/02/2004
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court yesterday deferred to today its decision on
the application by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) for leave to
appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision apportioning it pre-collapse
liability in the negligence suit by 73 Highland Towers residents. Chief
Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Amar Steve Shim Lip Kiong, who sat with
Federal Court judges Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamad and Datuk Wira Mohamed Noor,
earlier heard submissions by counsel V.S. Viswanathan appearing for the
MPAJ and counsel N. Rajendran who represented the residents of two
remaining blocks of the Highland Towers condominium following the collapse
of one block in 1993.
decision on MPAJ appeal in Highland Towers suit NST 06/02/2004
PUTRAJAYA, Thurs. - The Federal Court today deferred till tomorrow its
decision on an application by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) for
leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision apportioning its
pre-collapse liability in the negligence suit filed by 73 Highland Towers
residents. Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Amar Steve Shim Lip
Kiong, who sat with Federal Court judges Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamad and
Datuk Wira Mohamed Noor, earlier heard submissions from counsel V.S.
Viswanathan appearing for MPAJ and counsel N. Rajendran who represented
the residents of two remaining blocks of the Highland Towers condominium.
Towers: Rayuan MPAJ dibenar BH 07/02/2004
PUTRAJAYA: Mahkamah Persekutuan di sini semalam membenarkan permohonan
Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) untuk merayu keputusan Mahkamah
Rayuan yang mensabitkan majlis perbandaran itu terhadap kerugian selepas
pangsapuri Highland Towers runtuh mengakibatkan kecurian dan kerosakan
barang serta vandalisme. Ketua Hakim Sabah dan Sarawak, Datuk Amar Steve
Shin Lip Kiong yang bersidang bersama Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan, Datuk
Abdul Hamid Mohamad dan Datuk Wira Mohd Noor Ahmad, memutuskan permohonan
itu dibenarkan berasaskan empat persoalan undang-undang dikemukakan MPAJ.
Towers negligence suit: MPAJ to appeal
PUTRAJAYA: The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) was granted leave to
appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision which had apportioned the
local authority of pre-collapsed liability in a negligence suit by
residents of two blocks of the Highland Towers condominium in which
another block collapsed in 1993.
Towers case: Council wins bid to appeal decision NST 07/02/2004
PUTRAJAYA, Fri. - The Federal Court today granted Ampang Jaya Municipal
Council (MPAJ) leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision over
its liability in a negligence suit filed by 73 Highland Towers residents.
In an unanimous ruling, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Amar Steve
Shim Lip Kiong, who sat with Federal Court judges Datuk Abdul Hamid
Mohamad and Datuk Wira Mohamed Noor confined MPAJ's appeal to the apex
court to only four points of law.
Towers kembali tenang HM 05/05/2004 By Mohd Izawan Baharin
AMPANG: Bangunan Highland Towers yang sebelum ini dikatakan menjadi sarang
penagih dadah dan tempat remaja berpeleseran, kembali tenang berikutan
pemantauan berterusan pihak berkuasa. Tinjauan Harian Metro, semalam,
mendapati dua blok bangunan di situ sunyi sepi, namun ada sampah sarap
dibuang merata tempat.
Towers: RM52m out-of-court settlement
MM 01/06/2004 By Dennis Chua
KUALA LUMPUR: AMFB Holdings Bhd's subsidiary, AmFinance Bhd, has entered
into a RM52 million out-of-court settlement for three lawsuits against it
by the families of people who died in the Highland Towers tragedy a decade
ago. In a statement to Bursa Malaysia yesterday, the board of directors of
AMFB announced the settlement whereby "AmFinance agrees to pay the
plaintiffs in the suits a settlement sum of RM52 million in full and final
settlement of the suits and claims against the company, inclusive of costs
arising from the suits".
Towers suits: RM52m payout NST 01/06/2004
KUALA LUMPUR, Mon. - Another chapter of the Highland Towers tragedy closed
today when a defendant settled three suits out-of-court for RM52 million.
AmFinance Bhd settled with 139 plaintiffs who filed the suits in 1994 and
1996, it said in an announcement.
residents far from happy MM 02/06/2004 By Ghaz Ramli
KUALA LUMPUR: While their lawyers have labelled the out-of-court
settlement as fair, residents and families of victims of the Highland
Towers tragedy were "not happy" with the RM52 million settlement. Highland
Towers' residents' committee chairman Dr Benjamin George said they were
pleased to finally get something after battling for more than a decade.
hill started chain reaction MM 02/06/2004
KUALA LUMPUR: On Dec 11, 1993, Block 1 of the Highland Towers apartments
in Taman Hillview, Hulu Selangor, collapsed because of a massive landslip
from the hill behind it. The nation was shocked. It prompted immediate
action from the authorities.
still pending, say lawyers MM 02/06/2004 By Pauline Almeida
KUALA LUMPUR: The long hard battle may have been won by the families of
those who died in the Highland Towers tragedy in Hulu Kelang more than a
decade ago when a RM52 million out-of-court settlement was reached on
Monday. However, the war is far from over.
for court's decision on appeal MM 02/06/2004
AMPANG: The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) is still waiting for the
court's decision on its appeal made earlier this year on a negligence suit
filed by 73 Highland Towers residents. The Federal Court on Feb 7 this
year had granted the MPAJ leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal's
decision on Dec 3, 2002, apportioning MPAJ, alongside developer Highland
Properties Sdn Bhd, a pre-collapse liability of 15 per cent.
long time coming, says rescuer MM 02/06/2004
KUALA LUMPUR: The RM52 million out-of-court settlement for families of
Highland Towers victims came as a surprise to one of the volunteer workers
who was involved in the search and rescue operation 11 years ago. A
Malaysian Red Crescent Society volunteer, D. Sivalingam, said the
settlement took too long to conclude.
just want to move on NST 02/06/2004 By Chow Kum Hor; Syed Umar Ariff; Tan Choe Choe
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The relief was palpable. The money will be useful.
But after more than a decade, former residents of Highland Towers are
waiting for the day when their legal battles will be over. "We don't want
to dwell in the past anymore. We are glad to get whatever we can get in
terms of damages. The legal battle has taken its toll on everyone and we
just want what is due," said Dr Benjamin George, the Highland Towers
Owners' and Residents' committee chairman.
Towers: Settlement has no effect on other suits NST 02/06/2004
KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - The RM52 million settlement over the Highland Towers
tragedy has no impact on the cases against the other six defendants being
sued. Counsel for the plantiffs N. Rajendra said his clients would see the
cases through against the other defendants.
closure NST 03/06/2004
IT took mere seconds to destroy precious lives and property with the
collapse of Block One of the Highland Towers in December 1993. It is
taking more than a decade for the survivors to even come near to closing
this tragic chapter of their lives. Although the Owners and Residents
Committee have greeted the RM52 million out-of-court settlement with some
relief, their legal battles are far from over. This is but one suit, but
the outcome, say members, has given them encouragement to forge on.
Nevertheless, as stated by a former resident of Block 2, "for those who
lost relatives and loved ones, no sum of money is going to replace them".
Compensation, however, will help them build the foundations for a new
life. The committee chairman, Dr Benjamin George, has said the settlement
for all 139 victims was no windfall but much needed money to settle
housing loans for new homes after the tragedy.
on residents' application for appeal on Tuesday
21/06/2004 The Sun
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court will decide on Tuesday whether to grant leave
to 73 Highland Towers condominium residents to cross-appeal the Court of
Appeal's decision over the apportionment of liability to the Ampang Jaya
Municipal Council (MPAJ) in their negligence suit.
Towers decision today NST 22/06/2004
PUTRAJAYA, Mon. - The Federal Court will decide tomorrow whether to grant
leave to 73 residents of the Highland Towers condominium to cross-appeal
against the Court of Appeal's decision on the apportionment of liability
to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) in their negligence suit.
Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor, who sat with Chief
Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong and Court of
Appeal Judge Datuk Arifin Zakaria, today heard submissions from MPAJ's
counsel V.S. Viswanathan, and Y. Ramachandran, counsel for the residents.
Highland Towers dibenar buat rayuan balas BH-EKO 23/06/2004
PUTRAJAYA: Mahkamah Persekutuan semalam, memberikan kebenaran kepada 73
penghuni kondominium Highland Towers untuk mengemukakan rayuan balas
terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan berhubung pengagihan liabiliti kepada
Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) dalam saman cuai mereka. Hakim Besar
Malaya, Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor, yang bersidang bersama Hakim Besar
Sabah dan Sarawak, Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong dan Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan,
Datuk Arifin Zakaria sebulat suara membenarkan permohonan bagi satu
persoalan undang-undang untuk ditentukan oleh mahkamah.
Court Grants Leave To Highland Towers Residents To
Cross-appeal 22/06/2004 Bernama.com
PUTRAJAYA, June 22 (Bernama) -- The Federal Court here Tuesday
granted leave to 73 residents of the Highland Towers condominium to
cross-appeal against the Court of Appeal's decision on the
apportionment of liability to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council
(MPAJ) in their negligence suit.
Leave to appeal allowed in Highland
Towers case 23/06/2004 The
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court granted the 73 residents and owners of
Blocks Two and Three of Highland Towers leave to appeal against the
Court of Appeal's decision on the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council's
(MPAJ) post-collapse liability.
'Separate agency to check hillslope projects a must' 22/11/2004 NST
THERE must be a separate agency to monitor all hillslope developments and
vet applications for new ones to prevent a repeat of the Highland Towers
tragedy which killed 48 people, a prominent geologist said. Universiti
Kebangsaan Malaysia's Prof Dr Ibrahim Komo said the agency should be made
wholly responsible for approving hillside projects.
tragedies: What was said then ... NST 22/11/2004
* Dec 11, 1993: Block One of the Highland Towers collapses, killing 48
people. "High-rise buildings should not be allowed on hillsides because of
environmental and safety reasons. It is against the Land Conservation Act
1960." - Former Department of Environment director-general Datuk Dr Abu
Memories will live on
10/12/2004 The Sun Maria J. Dass
LORRAINE TAN, like other former residents of Highland
Towers, was looking forward to what would probably be the last ever
gathering with former friends and neighbours at the site Saturday, before
the property is handed over to the bank. Sadly, Tan will not be able to
experience the final farewell. She died on Nov 30, after battling cancer
for almost a year.
Highland Towers rayu selesai masalah pampasan BM 12/12/2004 By Rasheffa Abdul Rashid
KUALA LUMPUR: Semalam genap sebelas tahun tragedi kondominium Highland
Towers di Taman Hill View, Hulu Klang, runtuh dan mengorbankan 48 nyawa
penghuninya, namun pemergian mereka masih dirasai dan terus dikenang ahli
keluarga terdekat. Suasana hening dan pilu menyelubungi kawasan tragedi
itu semalam apabila kira-kira 100 waris dan sahabat handai mangsa tragedi
itu melawat kawasan berkenaan sempena ulang tahun ke-11 tragedi itu.
remain after 11 years
SUM 12/12/2004 By Meera Murugesan
"I still see them everyday," says Dr P.G. George. It's actually been 11
years since Dr George last saw his beloved wife and two daughters, but for
the man who lost his entire family in the Highland Towers tragedy,
memories of them remain fresh and will always be so.
lingers - 11 years on NSUNT 12/12/2004 By Carol Murugiah
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Eleven years have passed since 48 people died when
Block One of the Highland Towers collapsed, but owners and former
residents are still seeking closure and compensation. Possibly meeting for
the last time at the site of the disaster in Hulu Kelang today, some 200
of them sat through a poignant ceremony before laying flowers on a
monument to commemorate the lives lost in 1993.
Belajar dari satu tragedi 12/12/2004 Utusan Malaysia
LANGIT mendung tengah hari semalam memayungi majlis perhimpunan tahunan
bekas penduduk dan waris mangsa tragedi kondominium runtuh di tapak
Highland Towers di pinggir Kuala Lumpur. Di kaki dua blok bangunan yang
masih tegak berdiri itu orang bertafakur mengenang peristiwa 11 tahun lalu
terutamanya 48 ahli keluarga dan kenalan yang terkorban.
to settle compensation issue out of court'
FINAL closure to the 11-year-old Highland Towers collapse tragedy in Hulu
Kelang, Selangor, for its residents and owners will only come when their
court case against the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) is settled. And
the 78 plaintiffs want their case with the local authority to be settled out
of court, said Highland Towers Residents and Owners Committee, chairman Dr
Negotiate out-of-court settlement, MPAJ urged 12/12/2004 Sunday Times
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - Owners and former residents of Highland Towers are
appealing to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) to let them "move on
with their lives" by accepting partial liability for the collapse of Block
One of the condominium 11 years ago.
MPAJ: No out-of-court
settlement 13/12/2004 The Malay Mail
KUALA LUMPUR: "We will wait for the court's decision."
This is the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) reply to the Highland
Towers residents and owners who called for an out-of-court settlement to
conclude their compensation claims.
Seeking closure 18/12/2004 NST-PROP
By Yvonne Yoong
SURVIVORS of the Highland Towers tragedy are in desperate need of closure,
but it won't come about until two issues can be resolved. One of the
hindrances lies with their ongoing battle with the Ampang Jaya Municipal
Council (MPAJ) and the other, the blatant disregard for hillslope
development that continues to ravage lives. As the local council
responsible for approving and maintaining the area in which the remaining
two blocks of Highland Towers stand in Ulu Klang, Selangor, MPAJ has
refused to grant the owners compensation as directed by the High Court,
and has taken the matter to the Federal Court.
farewell NST-PROP 18/12/2004
A SOMBER atmosphere enveloped the Highland Towers site as the crowd
started trickling in, at what was the final memorial marking the 11th year
since the tragic collapse of Block One, causing the loss of 48 lives.
Overcast skies above threatened rain, but it did not fall. It was as if
heaven had to contain its tears until the final farewell. In fact, not
until the entire memorial was over at about 2.45pm did huge droplets of
rain fall, as if in a symbolic gesture of washing away the heart-wrenching
ON the problem at hand with MPAJ: "The tragedy, the heartache and the long
fight is still on.... We have suffered enough at the hands of the local
authorities and the developers of the land around us. For 11 long years
the authorities (that) should have come forward to solve our problems
(instead) fought us. Please have pity on us who lost dear ones and our
properties. Let us come to a settlement. Let us put an end to this
heartache once and for all, without another fight in the Federal Court."
Counsel: AMFB alone liable
for Highland Towers collapse 19/07/2005 The Star
PUTRAJAYA: Arab-Malaysian Finance Bhd (AMFB) was solely liable for the
collapse of Block One of Highland Towers, counsel for the Ampang Jaya
Municipal Council (MPAJ) told the Federal Court.V.S. Viswanathan said this
was because the drainage of the surrounding areas was in good working
condition before AMFB became the owner of the land above Highland Towers.
'Mahkamah terkhilaf perintah MPAJ tanggung ganti rugi' 19/07/2005 Utusan Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA 18 Julai – Mahkamah Persekutuan hari ini diberitahu bahawa
Mahkamah Rayuan terkhilaf apabila mengekalkan perintah bahawa Majlis
Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) bertanggungjawab menanggung ganti rugi
terhadap 82 penghuni dua blok kondominium Highland Towers yang terpaksa
berpindah. Peguam V. S. Viswanathan yang mewakili MPAJ, dalam hujahnya
berkata, Mahkamah Rayuan telah bertindak melampaui keterangan dan bukti
yang dikemukakan di mahkamah dalam membuat keputusan itu.
MPAJ partly to blame, court told
20/07/2005 The Star
PUTRAJAYA: The conduct of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council's (MPAJ)
predecessor, Majlis Daerah Gombak (MDG), clearly contributed to the
collapse of Block One of the Highland Towers, the Federal Court heard
District council did not
comply, court told
PUTRAJAYA, Tues. - The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council's predecessor, Gombak
District Council (MDG), had clearly contributed to the collapse of the
Highland Towers' Block One, the Federal Court heard today. Counsel N.
Rajendra, who represented 82 residents of Block Two and Three of the
luxury condominium, said even though the Court of Appeal judges found that
the Arab-Malaysian Finance Berhad's acts and omissions had caused the
Highland Towers tragedy, it did not mean the acts and omissions of other
defendants, including MPAJ, were precluded.
Highland Towers: Judgment
reserved in MPAJ's appeal MM 21/07/2005
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court here yesterday reserved judgment in an appeal
brought by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) against a ruling that
it is liable for losses suffered by 82 residents of two blocks of Highland
Towers condominium when another block collapsed in 1993. Chief Judge of
Sabah and Sarawak Justice Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong, sitting with
Federal Court judges Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamad and Datuk Arifin Zakaria,
deferred decision to a date to be fixed after hearing submissions from
MPAJ's counsel V.S. Viswanathan and N. Rajendra, counsel for the 82
'MPAJ not liable for financial losses' 21/07/2005 NST
PUTRAJAYA, Wed. - The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) is not liable
for the losses suffered by 73 residents of two Highland Towers blocks, as
they did not prove they were ratepayers. MPAJ counsel V.S. Viswanathan
told the Federal Court today the residents also did not lodge any
complaints with the local authority before the collapse of Block One in
Decision to deregister
Highlands Tower engineer upheld
29/072005 The Sun
KUALA LUMPUR: The Board of Appeal of the Board of Engineers of Malaysia
Friday upheld a decision by the Board of Engineers to deregister
professional engineer Wong Yuen Kean, who was involved in the development
of the Highland Towers project.
Engineer's sacking upheld on
appeal NST 30/07/2005
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - The de-registration of the supervising engineer for
the Highland Towers project was upheld today by the Appeals Board of the
Board of Engineers Malaysia. The three-member panel headed by High Court
judge Datuk Abdull Hamid Embong said Wong Yuen Kuen's de-registration took
effect from Aug 5, 2004.
Council not liable 18/02/2006 THE STAR
PUTRAJAYA: Local councils cannot be held liable for losses suffered by
anyone should a building collapse, the Federal Court has ruled. The court
said this when it held that the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) was
not liable for losses suffered by 73 residents of two blocks of the
Highland Towers condominium who had to evacuate after the collapse of
Block One 13 years ago, killing 48 people.
tanggungjawab MPAJ' 18/02/2006 BERITA HARIAN
PUTRAJAYA: Mahkamah Persekutuan semalam memutuskan Majlis Perbandaran
Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) tidak bertanggungjawab terhadap kerugian yang
ditanggung 73 penghuni blok dua dan tiga pangsapuri Highland Towers yang
terpaksa mengosongkannya selepas blok satu runtuh 13 tahun lalu
mengorbankan 48 nyawa.
Highland Towers: MPAJ tidak tanggung
kerugian 18/02/2006 Utusan Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA 17 Feb. - Mahkamah Persekutuan hari ini memutuskan Majlis
Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) tidak bertanggungjawab atas kerugian
ekonomi 73 penghuni Blok 2 dan 3 kondominium Highland Towers, sebelum dan
selepas tragedi runtuhan Blok 1 yang mengorbankan 48 nyawa, 13 tahun lalu.
Hakim Besar Sabah dan Sarawak, Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong yang mengetuai
sidang bersama dua Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan, Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamad
dan Datuk Arifin Zakaria membuat keputusan itu ketika membenarkan dengan
kos rayuan MPAJ.
Court : MPAJ not liable for collapse 18/02/2006 The Malay Mail
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 17 (Bernama) -- The Federal Court on Friday held that the
Ampang Municipal Council (MPAJ) is not liable for losses suffered by 73
residents of two blocks of Highland Towers condominium who had to evacuate
after the collapse of block one 13 years ago killing 48 people.
Jaya council protected' 18/02/2006 New Straits Times By
PUTRAJAYA, Fri. - After 12 years, two months and six days, the last
chapter of the Highland Towers tragedy has closed. It ends on a bitter
note for the survivors and former residents: the Federal Court today
absolved the local authority - what is now the Ampang Jaya Municipal
Council (MPAJ) - of liability.
Ex-residents saddened 18/02/2006 The Star
PETALING JAYA: More than 12 years have passed since the collapse of Block
One of the Highland Towers and the court processes are as good as over.
But the pain of losing their loved ones and their home is still there
among the former residents. And yesterday's decision by the Federal Court
that the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) was not liable for losses in
the tragedy added to their hurt.
shielded from lawsuits' 18/02/2006 New Straits Times
THE majority of the Federal Court says local councils are shielded
fromlawsuits for certain damages because their main priority should be
providing services to the public.
Providing these services "has priority over compensation for pure economic
loss of some individuals who are clearly better off than the majority
residents in the local area", said judge Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohamad.
So sad when the law denies
what is just 19/02/2006 New Straits
ON that quiet Saturday of Dec 11, 1993, now more than 12 years ago, the
Highland Towers traumatic saga began. The 12-storey Block 1 collapsed at
1.30pm, caused by a landslide. It killed 48 people.Over 1,000 residents in
the two other blocks were made homeless in a moment.
MAHKAMAH TIGA KEPUTUSAN HM 22/02/2006 Oleh C Ramasamy
MESKIPUN keseluruhannya 73 orang yang mengemukakan saman, namun hanya
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Penghuni dan Pemilik Kondominium Highland Towers,
Dr Benjamin George dan seorang penghuni lain hadir di Mahkamah Persekutuan
di Putrajaya pada 17 Februari lalu apabila mahkamah tertinggi di tanah air
itu memberikan keputusannya - penghakiman terakhir dalam perjuangan
perundangan selama hampir 12 tahun mangsa terbabit mencari keadilan. Dan
apabila keputusan tiga panel hakim - Hakim Besar Sabah dan Sarawak, Tan
Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong dan dua hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan, Datuk Abdul
Hamid Mohamed serta Datuk Arifin Zakaria - selesai dibacakan Timbalan
Pendaftar Mahkamah Persekutuan, Kamarudin Kamsun, jelas wajah Dr Benjamin
A shock for plaintiffs
NST 28/02/2006 By V. Thomas
THE Federal Court's decision that local authorities can fall back on their
legal immunity has shocked not only the Highland Towers plaintiffs but
also ratepayers. For the affected parties, the 12-year saga looks like a
case of justice not only delayed but also denied.
Public policy: Onus on Parliament to remove uncertainty 26/03/2006 Sunday Times By
Dominic J. Puthucheary and Firoz Hussein
AFTER a marathon legal battle lasting 12 years, the former residents of
the ill-fated Highland Towers were told on Feb 17 that the Majlis
Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) would not be held liable for its part in
the events that caused the tragedy, and for its failure to come up with
and implement a promised drainage master plan or to stabilise the hill
slope, causing the "post-collapse failure".
Residents Of Highland
Towers Cannot Seek Damages From MPAJ
PUTRAJAYA, April 18 (Bernama) -- It is the end of the road for the 73
residents of Blocks Two and Three of the Highland Towers condominium
seeking damages from the Ampang Municipal Council (MPAJ) for losses they
suffered after the collapse of Block One 13 years ago, killing 48 people.
Final bid by Highland Towers
residents fails 19/04/2006 The Sun
PUTRAJAYA: The final attempt by the 82 Highland Towers residents to seek
to review the verdict which held that the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ)
was not liable for the tragedy came to an end yesterday when the Federal
Court dismissed their appeal.
Federal Court ends claims hope of
Highland Towers folks 19/04/2006 The Malay Mail
PUTRAJAYA, April 18 (Bernama) - It is the end of the road for the 73
residents of Blocks Two and Three of the Highland Towers condominium seeking
damages from the Ampang Municipal Council (MPAJ) for losses they suffered
after the collapse of Block One 13 years ago, killing 48 people.
73 penghuni 'gagal' dapat pampasan MPAJ
19/04/2006 Utusan Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA 18 April - Seramai 73 penghuni Blok 2 dan 3 kondominium
Highland Towers gagal mendapat pampasan daripada Majlis Perbandaran
Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) atas kerugian ekonomi berikutan tragedi runtuhan Blok 1
kondominium itu, 13 tahun lalu.
closes for ex-residents 19/04/2006 New Straits Times
PUTRAJAYA: It’s the end of the road for 73 former residents of Highland
Towers. The Federal Court yesterday dismissed with costs their application
to review its decision of Feb 17 absolving the Ampang Jaya Municipal
Council (MPAJ) of any liability in the collapse of the building in Dec
Decision on MPAJ stands
19/04/2006 The Star
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court will not review its earlier decision to absolve
the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) of liability from the events
leading to, as well as following, the collapse of Block One of Highland
Yesterday, the Federal Court dismissed an application for leave by 73
residents and owners of units in Blocks Two and Three to review its
Mahkamah tolak permohonan
PUTRAJAYA: Mahkamah Persekutuan semalam menolak permohonan 73 penghuni
Highland Towers untuk menyemak semula keputusan bahawa Majlis Perbandaran
Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) tidak bertanggungjawab terhadap kerugian yang
ditanggung mereka selepas terpaksa mengosongkannya apabila blok satu
runtuh, 13 tahun lalu. Hakim Datuk Alauddin Mohd Sheriff yang bersidang
bersama Datuk Nik Hashim Nik Abdul Rahman dan Datuk S Augustine Paul
sebulat suara memutuskan tiada alasan kukuh untuk membolehkan mahkamah
menyemak semula keputusan itu.
everyone 20/04/2006 The Sun
THE legal battle by 82 former residents of Highland Towers to hold the
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) liable for their losses arising from
the collapse of the apartments on Dee 11, 1993 has finally ended but the
journey towards a culture of accountability in public affairs has barely
The cost of high living
IN 1993, a landslide triggered by heavy rain caused the collapse of
Highland Towers, killing 48 people. Six years later, thousands of
residents of Bukit Antarabangsa were forced to evacuate following a
landslide. More than three years ago, eight people died when a landslide
flattened a bungalow in Taman Hillview. A landslide occurred again on
Wednesday in Kampung Pasir, Hulu Klang, leaving four dead. Then there are
the minor landslips and mudflows that make roads impassable and clog
streams and drains during downpours.
'House owners must establish cause of action'
06/06/2006 The Sun
PETALING JAYA: Owners of houses which are damaged or
destroyed in landslides must establish a cause of action in order to file
a suit against the parties allegedly responsible for their losses.
MB 16/06/2006 By Charles Raj
ON FEB 17, 2006, the Federal Court made a historic judgment. It was one
that would change the landscape relating to the accountability and
responsibilities of local councils throughout the country. The Court ruled
that the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) in Selangor was not liable
for the collapse of the Highland Towers condominium that claimed 48 lives
in December 1993.
Council risking lives of
residents NST 14/08/2006 By Datuk Mustapha Mahmud
I THANK Salleh Buang for his letter "An unending tragedy" (NST, Aug 5)
about the Highland Towers tragedy. Despite Highland Towers and the recent
landslides at Bukit Antarabangsa, the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ)
is still approving hill-slope development. A bungalow is being constructed
on top of a mound with dozens of patched-up cracks on the retaining wall.
Ampang council has not
learnt from disasters
NST 01/09/2006 By S.B.
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has apparently learnt no lessons
from the Highland Towers tragedy and other hill-slope disasters in the
Busy life veils painful
sorrow MM 11/12/2006 By Meera Murugesan
THIS day 13 years ago, 48 Malaysians lost their lives in the Highland
Towers tragedy. The survivors had to cope with the deaths of spouses,
children, parents and some, their entire family. But how does one live
through such a tragedy and continue with life?
No plans to re-develop MM 12/12/2006 By Masami Mustaza; Mohd Iskandar Ibrahim
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has no plans to re-develop the
Highland Towers. Public relations officer Norhayati Ahmad said the area
will remain untouched and the two blocks still standing will be left as
The Highlands tragedy
MM 15/12/2006 By Jaime
DEAR Editor I AGREE with the views express by Badrolhisham Bidin's
Dialogue Box - `Rising above the rubble,' on the sequence of events that
took place at Highland Towers 13 years ago. I also feel the pain, what
more the families who lost their loved ones.
Development activities major
factor contributing to landslides NST 17/05/1999
KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Apart from torrential and incessant rain, development
activities are one the major factors contributing to landslides, with the
collapse of the Highland Towers in December 1993 that killed 48 people
remaining the worst incident. In the pursuit of progress, the natural
drainage of hills has been disrupted by ill-planned development,
encroachment, illegal land-clearing and indiscriminate agricultural
Tragedi Highland Towers
calitan nestapa negara
BM 04/02/2007 Oleh Nasron Sira Rahim
LELAKI itu tergamam melihat apa yang berlaku di hadapannya! Mulutnya
ternganga tanpa mampu mengeluarkan sebarang suara. Badannya menggigil
ketakutan. Kejadian di hadapan matanya sungguh menggemparkan. Bangunan gah
di Taman Hillview, Hulu Klang, Selangor itu tiba-tiba runtuh menyembah
Learn from fatal lessons
NST 09/03/2007 By Tengku Rozani Putra
I ADDRESS this appeal to the developers and the authorities in charge of
approving and regulating developments on hillslopes. A resident of Taman
Hijau, I previously lived in Highland Towers, followed by Taman Zooview.
All these areas are surrounded by lush greenery. Why do you not protect