MORE PICS – Massive LANDSLIDE – 231.9 Km N-S Expressway- 1 South Lane closed; Federal Road between Padang Rengas & Bukit Gantang Closed; No Causality
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Landslide causes traffic snarl on expressway
KUALA KANGSAR: A landslide along the North-South Expressway near here caused a massive traffic snarl which stretched for more than five kilometres yesterday. A 10-tonne lorry was badly damaged after it was hit by tonnes of earth, trees and vegetation in the incident along Federal Route 1 at Km231.6 of the NSE. "The lorry driver, 56-year-old Tay Hock Kee, was extremely lucky as he escaped with minor injuries," said Kuala Kangsar district police chief Supt Zakaria Pagan.
Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali visited the site. Meanwhile, state Public Works Department director Datuk Wong Wai Ching said the landslide was caused by water which overflowed from two fish ponds situated at the top of the slope. Initial findings revealed that the downpour over the past two days might have caused the bunds to break.
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Mudslide Causes Jalan Kuala Kangsar-Taiping To Be Closed
KUALA KANGSAR, Nov 22 (Bernama) -- Jalan Kuala Kangsar-Taiping between Padang Rengas and Bukit Gantang has been closed to all traffic as result of a major mudslide which happened near a cement factory in the area today. No casualties were reported although a lorry was dragged away by the falling debris. Its driver was reported to have jumped away in the nick of time. Kuala Kangsar police chief Supt Zakaria Pagan said the mudslide happened all of a sudden at and even dragged the lorry onto the
Zakaria told Bernama that police investigations showed only the lorry fell victim while another laden with sand behind it managed to stop in time. Personnel from the highway concessionaire and the Public Works Department immediately swung into action to clear the debris, which also caused a south-bound lane at Km231.6 of the
ABOVE: Location of Landslide at 64km Kuala Kangsa-Taiping Federal Highway (insert the unlucky lorry with a lucky driver) and BELOW - the Spot next to the N-S express way. NOTE: The Landslide is massive on the other side of the Federal Road which is not shown. What we see is the tail end of the landslied from the N-S expressway.
ABOVE: Supt Telling stories how it happened, he did not see it but reconstruct what happened after interviewing the lorry driver
KUALA KANGSAR, Nov 22 (Bernama) -- Jalan Kuala Kangsar-Taiping has been closed to all traffic following a landslide at 10am today. Kuala Kangsar police chief Supt Zakaria Pagan (ABOVE) said a lorry driver cheated death when he was caught by the landslide at Bukit Berapit near here. The lorry driver, in his 40s, made a miraculous escape after his lorry was swept away by the landslide.” The landslide happened so fast.
The lorry was swept to the North-South highway next to the federal road. The weather was fine at that time," he added. The lorry was the only vehicle trapped by the landslide. A lorry laden with sand which was following behind managed to brake just in time.
Zakaria said Jalan Ipoh-Kuala Kangsar was also closed to all traffic to allow cleaning work by the Public Works Department and PLUS. It is closed at Padang Rengas from the south and at Bukit Gantang from the north. One south-bound lane at 231.6 KM has also been closed.
ABOVE & BELOW: The VIP crowd were the first to be briefed and wanted to be first to know. As Head of State Government he must showed his concern just like the Collapse of the RM4.5 M building in Tasek Banding, Grik
ABOVE: MB Perak Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli explaining what should be done AFTER what happened.
Zakaria urged motorists to abide by the directions given by police. Kuala Kangsar district has experienced heavy rainfall since two days ago, flooding several low-lying areas including Kampung Talang Hulu and Kota Lama. Two houses also collapsed when the river bank gave way.
ABOVE: Samy Vellu , the Works Minister in Parliament lobby n with his usual "act of God" reply and "a through investigation"
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Illegal Assembly Will Harm National Economy, Says IGP
MELAKA, Nov 22 (Bernama) -- The planned illegal assembly on Sunday by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) is merely to stage a street protest that will harm the national economy. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan (ABOVE) said Hindraf had ulterior motive in holding the assembly, taking the cue from the Nov 10 street march staged by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) in collaboration with opposition parties. "To me, the illegal assembly will not only undermine internal security but also jeopardise the national economy. "Are they trying to show (to the world) that this country is in disarray, this is not right," he told reporters when responding to the protest gathering at the British High Commission at Jalan Ampang on Sunday. The gathering is to submit a petition with 100,000 signatures to Queen Elizabeth II to appoint a Queen's Counsel to represent the Indian community in a class action suit against the British government for bringing Indians as labourers to the then Malaya and thereafter exploiting them. The suit, filed at the Royal Courts of Justice in London by Hindraf chief P. Wathyamoorthy in August, sought compensation of up to US$4 trillion (RM13.5 trillion), or US$1 million (RM3.4 million) for every Indian in Malaysia.
Musa advised the people to stay away from the gathering as police would take stern action against the protesters. Musa said based on the information he had received, Hindraf was fanning sensitivities of other races which may lead to racial clashes. "I understand undesirable elements will be used," he said.
The country's top cop also said children are barred from participating in the assembly and parents risk being charged in court if their children were caught attending the gathering. Under the Child Act 2001, children should not be manipulated for unlawful activities, he added.
In KUALA LUMPUR, City Police chief Datuk Zul Hasnan Najib( ABOVE) Baharuddin urged the public to steer clear of the gathering as no permit has been given by the police, rendering it illegal. He said Hindraf's second appeal to him for a police permit was rejected as police intelligence showed racial issues and sensitivities of other races that could harm prevailing racial harmony would be highlighted at the assembly. "We fear the gathering will spark racial friction leading to more serious crimes," he told a press conference. Zul Hasnan said people found to be directly or indirectly involved in the gathering would be detained and charged under Section 27 of the Police Act. He also advised the people not to wear orange colour clothing to avoid being mistaken as supporters and participants of the assembly.
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Let Police Handle Illegal Assembly - Najib