Lesson for developers

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) has lifted a stop work order issued on a construction site in Alma near here earlier this month.

A team of MPSP councillors and officials, who visited the site, lifted the stop-work order after the developer was found to have complied with the necessary requirements.

“We issued the stop work order during our visit to the construction site about two weeks ago when we found the developers failed to comply with requirements such as constructing a retaining wall and retention ponds to prevent flooding in the area,” said councillor Soon Lip Chee at the site yesterday.

Also present were MPSP councillors Johari Kassim and Steven Sim Chee Keong.

Soon said the stop work order was issued after MPSP president Maimunah Mohd Sharif and a team of councillors visited Taman Saujana Indah following complaints that muddy water from higher ground had flooded the houses in the area.

The developer has now built a 1.5m-high retaining wall and three retention ponds, as required by MPSP according to the layout plan.

Sim said this would serve as a lesson to other developers.

“We do not want construction works to affect the daily life of residents in the area.

“Developers should be responsible corporate citizens and comply with the requirements according to the layout plans,” he said.

Johari said the OSC committee would make regular visits to the construction site to ensure they complied with the requirement.

“We are not against development, but we want corporate citizens to be concerned about the welfare of the people.

“It is important to make sure that development projects should not affect the daily life of the people,” he said.

Source: The Star

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