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Orphanage to be demolished if unsafe

The interior of the Hidayah Madrasah Al-Taqwa orphanage.  — NST picture by Aizuddin Saad
The interior of the Hidayah Madrasah Al-Taqwa orphanage. — NST picture by Aizuddin Saad
HULU LANGAT: Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the orphanage would be demolished if the premises were deemed unsafe.

The Public Works Department will investigate the matter and assess whether the orphanage is safe for occupation.

"If it is not, then it will be demolished. The Kajang Municipal Council will be responsible for tearing down the structure if it is unsafe," Chor said after visiting the site yesterday.


Chor said 10 years ago, the area was mainly agricultural land and the municipal council did not have jurisdiction over the area.

Landowners did not have to apply for a permit to build houses.

"We cannot blame the residents who built homes in the area as they had the right to build homes for their families. No action can be taken as the houses are now more than 10 years old.


"But if landowners want to build houses in the area now, they must submit an application. There are also new rules on the construction of houses near hillsides."

Chor said a circular was issued to all local councils last year on the construction of houses near hillsides.

"All councils have been reminded to monitor applications by developers and homeowners to build houses near hillsides. Previously, no conditions were imposed on such applications but soil engineering strategies are now compulsory.


"If the hillside is at a gradient of more than 70 degrees, then the house must be built at a distance of twice the height of the hillslope. For example, if the hill is 100 feet high, then the house must be built 200 feet away."

He said in the event of a landslide, the house would not be affected or damaged, reducing the possibility of casualties or fatalities. On whether such precautions were taken at the orphanage, Chor said he was leaving that to PWD to investigate.


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