Landslide at Tanjung Bungah affordable housing construction site

tanjung_bungah_landslideRescuers have unearthed three bodies at the construction site hit by a massive landslide in Tanjung Bungah here today.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Mokhtar said the search was ongoing for 11 more people believed to be still buried underneath the muddy soil.

“We found the first two bodies at 9.15am and 10.45am while we found the third one at about 1pm,” he told reporters at the site.

The three dead were among 14 construction workers including a local who were buried by the landslide.

He cautioned that efforts to locate the remaining victims would be slow and arduous as the slope is unsteady while soil conditions were muddy.

“We believe some of the victims are buried deep underneath the muddy soil, as deep as 35m below the surface,” he said.

“We are also getting the canine unit to assist in the search and rescue operations,” he added.

The workers had been working on the underground portion of the site when the landslide occurred, he said.

Saadon added that his department has detected other unsafe areas in the vicinity and ordered for all construction work to be stopped immediately.

In the 8.50am incident, about 20 construction workers were working at the site of the affordable housing project when the soil on the adjacent hill slope next suddenly collapsed.

A total 14 workers failed to escape and were buried by the mud and soil.

Search and rescue operations are still underway and the local authorities have also issued a stop-work order against the project.

The construction is for the Granito@Permai affordable housing project at Jalan Lembah Permai.

The development consists of a 49-storey building with two towers and 12 levels of car parks. It has 980 units for sale at below RM400,000 and was listed as an affordable housing project.

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Landslide location


  1. Kta
    October 21st, 2017 at 21:26 | #1

    If not mistaken, this project is by BSG property and this company has in the past shown no hesitation in indulging in unethical (if not illegal) practices.

  2. Jeff
    October 22nd, 2017 at 10:44 | #2

    Lately, there are many complaints about their quality of finished products, very substandard indeed !

  3. DK
    October 23rd, 2017 at 00:34 | #3

    Who approve this project without check land ok or not. Even I apply sp chilliah in near komtar the land not good. I ask pejabat tanah komtar I already reject this projects. High floor 38 floor. Do many project without check land ok or not …

  4. Gabriel
    October 23rd, 2017 at 10:55 | #4

    You sow what you seed.
    Time to UBAH back…

  5. Oh nice
    October 23rd, 2017 at 13:39 | #5

    aiya, No need ubah lar…just move your ass few inches to the east then you will be in Kedah..lots of hutan for you there..

  6. very ugly
    October 23rd, 2017 at 14:44 | #6

    @Oh nice

    Haha…it’s like telling the chinese to balik tongsan if they don’t like it here, right? :)

  7. Sam Wt
    October 23rd, 2017 at 15:18 | #7

    Some more no EIA approval ? A big letdown by the DAP ! A betrayal of Penang people’s trust !

  8. Hajar
    October 23rd, 2017 at 15:28 | #8

    what do u mean sp chelliah land not good? u reject the project?

  9. Think first
    October 23rd, 2017 at 21:41 | #9

    Dear all,

    Please think twice before give any comments.
    No EIA approval? But get ADPL ?

  10. Think first
    October 23rd, 2017 at 21:49 | #10


  11. Tang
    October 24th, 2017 at 10:05 | #11

    EIA approval is not necessary for APDL / start work ? how come ??

  12. Johnson Lee
    October 24th, 2017 at 10:47 | #12


    The EIA report is not neccessary for the APDL. Only the SiFUS needs to be complied. The Sifus is basically Sijil Formula Unit Syer to set out the parcels for the respective units for sale to facilitate the issuance of strata title on handing over VP.

  13. Johnson Lee
    October 24th, 2017 at 10:51 | #13

    The developer got the green light from the state govt to start building. The state govt clearly gave the Commencement of Work order in the absence of an EIA report which is wrong

  14. Concern
    October 24th, 2017 at 12:10 | #14

    Not all development project needs to have EIA. If all 22-23depts comments they follow and adjusted according to comments, the plan will approve by committee during OSC meeting by council. This is landslide issue and i felt the C&S engineer involved should explain on it.

  15. robocop
    October 24th, 2017 at 13:13 | #15


    So has the location of the said building been “adjusted accordingly” away from the blast site since from what I read in the news, one of the major concerns by DOE was the proximity to the blast site + danger of hillslope?

  16. Tang
    October 24th, 2017 at 14:35 | #16


    MPPP said the proximity was sufficient, and the hillslope gradient was less than 25 degree. So approve and proceed.

    Blaming game starts….

  17. Johnson Lee
    October 24th, 2017 at 15:18 | #17


    The DOE (federal govt) clearly rejected the project due to the proximity with the quarry site. Therefore the OSC should have insisted on an EIA which they did not.

  18. Concern
    October 25th, 2017 at 09:20 | #18

    @Johnson Lee
    Hi Johnson, as for Federal they rejected and felt that the proximity is not enough. However as for MBPP, their side said sufficient. Thats is why got the approval. Anyway, the approval is based on state and not federal.
    I felt the project is adjacent to hillslope, and not standing at hill slope. A proper retaining wall or soil nailing maybe should be build at the slope first before work at site started. However, we are not their consultant. We all unsure whats is going on internally.

  19. Bobby
    October 25th, 2017 at 12:32 | #19

    Just 1 question, can I cancel my purchase? I have signed all the documents & paid for the deposit. However tis happening made me feel uncomfortable to stay there in future.

  20. fanny
    October 25th, 2017 at 13:25 | #20


    Your request for cancellation sounds reasonable. If BSG refuse your request, get a lawyer to sue, in since I am very sure there will be many others thinking about cancelling, get together to come up with a consorted strategy.

  21. NG
    October 25th, 2017 at 14:04 | #21

    Bobby :Just 1 question, can I cancel my purchase? I have signed all the documents & paid for the deposit. However tis happening made me feel uncomfortable to stay there in future.

    Certainly you can cancel your purchase, but all the deposit you paid will be forfeited. Unless you can show a very solid proof that the building is not suitable for stay. Engaging lawyer to sue the developer to get back your deposit will go through a long battle, you have to mentally and financially prepare for that.

    Just my 2 cents..

  22. Sam Wt
    October 25th, 2017 at 15:30 | #22

    You can go to your bank to have your loan canceled citing “face an unstable income outcome”! The Bank would then probably review and “缩沙”! This is major “condition” the developers dread to face but they can only cancel the deal and you Get back your deposit!

  23. Concern
    October 25th, 2017 at 15:49 | #23

    @Sam Wt
    Oh really can do that way? anyone tried this before? Developer can full refund deposit ah?

  24. Rotten
    October 25th, 2017 at 16:39 | #24


    Out of good will and to protect its reputation the developer should give a full refund together with any interest paid to the bank. Legally they are not bound to give any refund.

  25. Sam Wt
    October 25th, 2017 at 16:53 | #25

    My previous boss did it sometime in 2014 ! It was just after he paid the 10% and “the bank rejected his loan for certain reasons”. But the bank needed a “confirmation letter” from my boss too just in case. The SPA of the house stipulated clearly :- financing is a major condition in the whole agreement, i.e. a breach of condition in any contract it is then void or invalid.
    There are many ways to skin a cat ?

  26. Alex
    October 25th, 2017 at 20:15 | #26

    haunted place who want to buy ?

  27. Alex
    October 25th, 2017 at 20:44 | #27

    bobby, i hv cancelled mine, how about u?

  28. Lee
    October 25th, 2017 at 20:52 | #28

    same.. have just cancelled my purchased unit.

  29. Bobby
    October 25th, 2017 at 22:25 | #29

    @Alex @Lee, have u all signed S&P and paid the deposits?
    Did u get full refund from BSG?

  30. Ben
    October 26th, 2017 at 11:08 | #30

    @Alex @Lee, they allowed you to cancel? Manage to get refund?


  31. Bang
    October 26th, 2017 at 11:27 | #31

    really cancel boh? so easy to cancel? please don’t tembak or pretend to own a unit here.

  32. Roxcha
    October 26th, 2017 at 18:15 | #32

    Aiya Yaya Ya
    Panic panic panic

  33. Dream dashed
    October 28th, 2017 at 05:21 | #33

    thanks Alex, I got ancellation done also, 90days period for refund same as urs?

  34. Bobby
    October 29th, 2017 at 20:22 | #34

    Those above giving false statements are B*S*. I have checked with the office & there is no such thing cancellation with full refund.

  35. Alex
    October 30th, 2017 at 18:04 | #35

    bobby, there is way if u know the right person incharge. small potato staff will not able to make decision. that all i can reveal.

  36. Bobby
    October 30th, 2017 at 22:53 | #36

    @Alex, if u know who is the rightful person, pls share with us. You don’t have anything to worry about – there is no reason to hide, is there?

  37. cheated
    October 31st, 2017 at 07:15 | #37

    I feel really sorry for those “walk-in buyers” who buy from BSG. If you’re a BSG crony, you get to buy nice units at 25% lower price, but if you’re a “walk-in buyer”, you only get to choose the left over at 25% higher price. Even when it comes to cancellation & refund due to landslide, cronies get easy cancellation and full refund, while walk-in buyers have to call here call there, be given the runaround by the small potato staff, and still can’t get any refund. Do yourself a favor lah, dont ever buy BSG anymore.

  38. Lee
    November 1st, 2017 at 16:37 | #38

    tip: you need to know the right guy and then you will get your refund… call in and walk-in to find out, you will waste your time and get noting and frustrated..

  39. NgSoonHeng
    November 2nd, 2017 at 13:11 | #39

    last time so many hoo haa to buy, now so many hoo haa and sell.
    aiyo third world mentality.

  40. Muk
    November 10th, 2017 at 13:25 | #40

    I got my refund back minus the administrative cost. Will not buy hill slope project anymore.

  41. Devastated kid
    November 12th, 2017 at 21:55 | #41

    @Lee @Alex would you guys please intro the right person who has the authority to discuss about the cancellation? This is my first home I got the letter from government for the affordable house which is not really affordable, yet I thought I am lucky enough and thank God , and now I really wish I could get to cancel the purchase and get full refund. Please guide me to the right way and right person. Millions of thanks in aadvance !!

  42. Confused
    November 16th, 2017 at 08:46 | #42

    Hi fellow purchasers, what are we going to do? We are not keen in this project anymore after the tragic landslide. Please advise what we as a group can do to get our hard earned money back. Anyone can help???

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