Rehda Suggests Government
Reconsider Plan To Amend Hill Slope
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- The Real Estate and Housing Developers'
Association Malaysia (Rehda) has denounced as impractical and unjustified
the government's plan to subject developments on hill slopes with a 15
degree gradient to soil and geological studies.
"Rehda fully supports efforts and measures to strike a balance between
meeting the socio-economic needs of a rapidly growing urban population and
preservation of environment.
"While we share the concerns over environmental protection and risks of
hill-slope developments due to structural impact, erosion and possible
collapse, we are of the view that the proposal to subject any development on
slopes with a gradient of more than 15 degrees to soil and geological
studies is not practical and onerous to the industry," i ts president Ng
Seing Liong said in a statement Friday.
He argued that such slopes are low-risk development areas and subjecting
developments on such areas to the ruling was not justified.
"Fifteen degrees is not a practical threshold," Ng said, calling on the
government to reconsider the proposal to amend the current guidelines on
He said the proposed ruling would inevitably mean more bureaucratic
processes and submissions that may not critically improve the risk
management of hill-slope developments.
"What is required is strict compliance with existing guidelines and
provisions by all parties involved, vigilant checking and monitoring by
approving authorities and effective and timely enforcement against all
defaulters," he added.