The Cameron Highlands: Did Ops Gadang target the supporters of the Opposition??

3 November 2017

Ops Gading was punishment for supporting opposition, says DAP man

November 3, 2017

Former candidate for Cameron Highlands M Manogaran says he has been told by farmers that they fear similar operations if they show leanings towards the opposition.

 

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PETALING JAYA: DAP’s M Manogaran today accused the government of “punishing” the people of Cameron Highlands for their support of the opposition in the last general election (GE13).

He pointed to Operasi Gading, which was launched in the area in December 2014.

The operation, which involved 14 state and federal departments and agencies, including the police and military, had turned Cameron Highlands into a “war zone”, he said.

“So-called enforcement officers gleefully entered into farms and tore down farm structures worth millions of ringgit in total. The defenceless farmers could only look on in horror as years of hard work and money was ripped from their lives.

“The multi-agency enforcement officers showed no pity or guilt in their senseless attack on the farmers’ livelihood,” he said in a statement.

Although the reason given for the operation was that the farmers had built illegal structures on land not permitted under the temporary occupation licence given, Manogaran said this was just an excuse.

“The government actually wanted to punish the farmers in particular and the people in general for supporting the opposition in GE13.”

Manogaran, who was then DAP’s candidate for Cameron Highlands, said Barisan Nasional (BN) had lost the state seat of Tanah Rata for the first time in that election.

BN had also come close to losing the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat, with MIC’s G Palanivel winning by only 462 votes or 2%.

“I am told by the farmers that they are still under threat of another Operasi Gading if they show leanings towards the opposition,” Manogaran said.

The former Teluk Intan MP said the government was ungrateful for causing so much misery to its own people who had contributed greatly to the country and its economy.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/11/03/ops-gading-was-punishment-for-supporting-opposition-says-dap-man/

November 2014

Itu sebab berlaku bencana di cameron highland..mcm ni rupanya..RASUAH..

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Tapah – Cameron Highland road reopen only for light vehicles

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The Tapah-Cameron Highlands road was reopened but only for light vehicles at 4.20 pm today.

Cameron Highlands police chief DSP Wan Zahari Wan Busu said heavy vehicles were not permitted to use the road for now for fear road vibrations due their weight could trigger landslides.

Road to Cameron Highlands via Tapah closed due to clearing works

The road to Cameron Highlands via Tapah has been closed to all vehicles since 9.25pm last night.

This was to enable clearing up works following several minor landslides along the stretch.

As such, Cameron Highlands police chief Deputy Superintendent Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu advised all motorists to use the alternative Simpang Pulai – Cameron Highlands route.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/51054

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“Govt to take action against those guilty of illegal land clearing in Camerons”

This sounds so wonderful and grand!
1. How will you take action if you can’t catch them?
2. How can you catch them when there isn’t the political will to do so?

3. How can you catch them when informers warn the illegal land clearers of coming raids?

PUTRAJAYA: The Government will not compromise and take action against those responsible for illegal land clearing activities which led to floods and landslides in Cameron Highlands last Wednesday. 

Star: Govt to take action against those guilty of illegal land clearing in Camerons http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/09/Camerons-Govt-to-take-action-against-guilty-parties/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

The “out-of-control” illegal land-clearing activities is made worse “with rampant corrupt practices from top-down”.

NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Wednesday’s mud floods and landslides in Bertam Valley, Ringlet and Kuala Terla are just the beginning of more disasters to strike the highlands, warn environmentalists.

They said the highlands would see the horror of more floods and landslides if land-clearing continues. They are asking for regular monitoring and stringent enforcement on all land-clearing activities to be in place to ensure that they are not carried out at the expense of the environment.

Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands (Reach) president R. Ramakrishnan said the situation would turn from bad to worse if no short-term and long-term solutions were found.

Checks showed that the road and river reserves from Kampung Raja right up to Bertam Valley and Ringlet had been encroached on for illegal farming activities.

Hidden behind the Cameron Highlands trunk road were vast plots of illegal dumping sites. Rotten vegetables, flowers and bags of fertiliser were thrown into the rivers.

According to Ramakrishnan, water from these rivers flowed through a 10km tunnel to the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam in Bertam Valley.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/51004

NST

‘Make Camerons a national park’

By FAZLEENA AZIZ AND REBECCA HANI ROMELI – 9 November 2014 @ 8:17 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: CAMERON Highlands needs to be gazetted as a national park as it is one the most environmentally and ecologically-sensitive areas in the country with vital water catchments and forest reserves.

Universiti Sains Malaysia flood hazard management and climate expert Prof Dr Chan Ngai Weng said because of  its fragility, steep slopes, heavy rainfall and shallow soil, the Pahang government should work with the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to gazette the highlands as a national park.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/51011

Water level at Sultan Abu Bakar Dam back to normal

The water level at the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam, here is back to normal today, that is, at 3,498 metres compared with the danger level of 3,509 metres recorded on Wednesday.

Cameron Highlands District Police Chief, DSP Wan Zahari Wan Busu said following the stable water level, there was no overflow of water reported so far.

At the same time, Wan Zahari said that there was no road closure from Tapah to Cameron Highlands following the floods there.

“However, there were traffic congestions on several stretches of the route in Tapah due to the landslide along the hill slopes which forced the affected parts of the road to be turned into a one-lane stretch,” he said when contacted Saturday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/08/Cameron-Highland-Dam-back-to-normal/

4 July 2015

Free Malaysia Today

Angry Highlands residents plan another sit-in at MB’s office

July 4, 2015

Applications for land, homes and licences still unresolved after MB’s promises

KUALA LUMPUR: Hawkers, farmers and residents of Cameron Highlands are threatening another “sit-in” at the offices of the Pahang Menteri Besar for failing to resolve their plight after almost 18 months.

Promises were made by the Menteri Besar, Adnan Yaakob, after 31 people were arrested at the gates of the MB’s office in Kuantan in 2012, said Suresh Kumar, secretary of Parti Socialis Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands branch.

He said yesterday that the MB’s promises were made after seven years of struggle by the residents.

Among the many promises were for the processing of applications for farming state-owned land in Blue Valley, low-cost housing in Green Cow, and licenses for hawkers from Kea Farm and Blue Valley.

Suresh said the PSM was aware of 14 applications, of which four were stalled at the Pahang State Economic Planning Unit and 10 stuck at the Cameron Highlands district office.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/07/04/angry-highlands-residents-plan-another-sit-in-at-mbs-office/

1 July 2015

How impressive! However, I’m waiting to find out if there are any BIG FARMERS (Datuks and other such VIPs) among those arrested.

The Rakyat Post

Cameron Highlands vegetable farmers arrested for offering bribes to enforcement officers

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 30, 2015:

Several vegetable farmers were arrested today in Cameron Highlands by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for offering bribes between RM100 and RM30,000.

According to an MACC source, all 19 farmers were arrested after they had offered bribes totalling RM163,577 to enforcement officers who were posted in the area following the tragic landslide in October last year that caused seven deaths.

The source who refused to be identified said they were arrested by officers based at MACC’s headquarters in Putrajaya for further investigations, adding that those arrested were aged 20 to 68.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/06/30/cameron-highlands-vegetable-farmers-arrested-for-offering-bribes-to-enforcement-officers/

theSundaily

MACC: 21 vegetable farmers detained in Cameron Highlands

KUALA LUMPUR: A 42-year-old Bangladeshi who had been staying in Malaysia for 10 years, has interest in a company worth RM500,000 and drives a brand new Toyota Camry was among 21 vegetable farmers detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Cameron Highlands recently.

According to MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull the 21 farmers were detained during an operation by the MACC and National Security Council named “Ops Sejuk” which was conducted over two days.

“The farmers were detained after they tried to bribe enforcement officers. We had earlier monitored their illegal farming activities before approaching them.

“Among the offences committed were overstaying, offering protection to illegals and storing unscheduled poisons,” he said, adding the operation was conducted from June 30.

The suspects were detained from farms in Ringlet, Tanah Rata, Tringkap, Brinchang, Kampung Raja, Kuala Teriah and Kampar.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1477714?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Malaysian Insider

MACC arrests 21 farmers in Cameron Highlands for graft

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested 21 farmers in Cameron Highlands who attempted to bribe enforcement personnel to keep their illegal activities under wraps.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said the farmers, aged between 20 and 68, were nabbed under the “Ops Sejuk” undertaken by the MACC in cooperation with the National Security Council.

“The illegal activities of the farmers included land clearing; violation of the temporary occupation licence; sheltering illegal immigrants and having in their possession unscheduled poisons,” he said in a statement today.

The arrests involved cases of corruption that occurred in Ringlet (involving nine people); Kampung Raja (six); Tringkap (two); Tanah Rata (one); Brinchang(one); Kuala Terlah (one) and Kampar (one).

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/macc-arrests-21-farmers-in-cameron-highlands-for-graft?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.miscG9Dj.dpuf

Rakyat Post

Feb 7, 2015 10:43pm

Mixed public confidence on anti-corruption efforts in Camerons

CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Feb 8, 2015:

Local residents are unconvinced that corruption will no longer to be a way of life despite the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) plan to set up an office here.

Carroll Lawrence, a resident for more than 15 years, said  bribery was a “necessary evil”, a way to get things done by not just the business community but the vulnerable and underprivileged.

She said the fear of being left out if people did not pay bribes to public officials had further exacerbated the situation.

“People are losing hope because they feel that corruption has reached epidemic proportions.

He said almost everyone who is doing business need to pay, especially if it involves foreign workers and government licences.

“Farmers have to pay so that their foreign workers will not be indiscriminately arrested, and hawkers have to pay regularly to operate.

“It is squeezing them to death,” he said.

Kumar added many people were unwilling to report because they had benefited from the corrupt practices.

“They talk loudly about corruption in coffee shops, but they will never come forward to report acts of corruption for fear that they would also be exposed.

“People also fear retaliation as towns in Cameron Highlands are very small and people know each other,” he said.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/02/08/mixed-public-confidence-anti-corruption-efforts-camerons/

The dialogue is focused on alleged syndicated corruption in Cameron Highlands, that had led to various problems such as forest destruction, water pollution, land slides, uncontrolled development and traffic congestion.

Rakyat Post

Feb 7, 2015 08:41pm

‘Public can be champions of anti-corruption in Cameron Highlands’

CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Feb 7, 2015:

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Mustafar Ali said the commission needed help from the public to fight corruption in Cameron Highlands.

He said to ensure corruption would not prevail, the public could give tip-offs or intelligence on corrupt practices which could be of help to MACC.

“If you have credible evidence of corruption, you can provide us with it and as long as there is sufficient information, MACC will investigate. However, we do not act on corruption complaints based on hearsay.

“People cannot simply make accusations and expect the MACC to investigate an entire government department upon receiving a complain of corruption,” he said during a dialogue with residents in Tanah Rata this afternoon.

Also present were officials from Regional Environmental Awareness of Cameron Highlands (REACH) and the state environmental department.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/02/07/public-can-champions-anti-corruption-cameron-highlands/

theSundaily

Indonesian worker feared buried alive

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: An Indonesian worker is feared to have been buried alive when a landslide struck his kongsi house at Taman Desa Corina, Kampung Raja, at 5.30pm today.

Cameron Highlands fire and rescue department chief Yusry Abdullah Sani said that the worker was identified as Zainullah.

He is feared to have been buried under two metres of muds.

Firemen who rushed to the scene on receiving a call at 6.02pm have yet to locate Zainullah at press time.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1281354

Tringkap is about 6km after Kampung Raja or 6km south of Brinchang along the main road.

 NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: A eight-month pregnant woman and her one-year-old child died in a landslide at Tringkap here early this morning.

Her husband, V. Raja, 41, however survived the 5.29am incident.

The victims were identified as M. Nithiahwaty, 24, and her child R. Rubeniswaran, 1.

NO WAY TO GUA MUSANG?

That’s Gua Musang-Grik road getting cut off, and the other is Gua Musang-Lojing? The only route left now is through east coast highway

Landslide at Km44 Jalan Loging-Pos Blau cuts off Cameron Highlands to Gua Musang route

Simpang Pulai to Cameron KB to KL from Gua Musang Road close!! Allahuakbar!! Gila dasat woo!!

Main Road Kuala Krai – Gua Musang berdekatan SM Teknik Kuala Krai ketika ini.

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WILL IT HELP OR WILL IT BE, LITERALLY, RM200,00 DOWN THE DRAIN?

WORK to strengthen Sungai Ringlet embankment, costing RM200,000, was completed recently.

WORK to strengthen Sungai Ringlet embankment, costing RM200,000, was completed recently

WORK to strengthen Sungai Ringlet embankment, costing RM200,000, was completed recently.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said upgrading of Sungai Bertam embankment had just started.

It is expected to be completed by November next year at a cost of RM31 million.

He said Sungai Bertam’s embankment would be fortified with concrete walls on both sides of the river.

Palanivel said the works were important to prevent the recurrence of mudflows caused by the overflowing rivers.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/64927

DO TWO WRONGS MAKE A RIGHT? Illegal farmers broke the law. Now, the authorities enforce the law by destroying the flowers, fruits and vegetables that are ready for harvest!

THAT IS, SURELY, AN IRRESPONSIBLE, MINDLESS AND WASTEFUL ACT!

The authorities should not have resorted to wanton destruction of food like vegetables and fruits that could have been harvested and given or sold cheaply to the poor.

Blooms doomed: ‘Ops Gading’ enforcement personnel cutting flowers during the operations at a flower farm at Blue Valley in Cameron Highlands.

Blooms doomed: ‘Ops Gading’ enforcement personnel cutting flowers during the operations at a flower farm at Blue Valley in Cameron Highlands.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/17/NSC-Farmers-encroaching-on-7000ha-of-state-land/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Peneroka Haram Cameron Highlands Masih Cuba Runding, info, terkini, berita, sensasi, Cameron Highlands,

http://negaraku.my/peneroka-haram-cameron-highlands-masih-cuba-runding-dengan-pihak-berkuasa-perihal-negara/

theSundaily

Wasteful destruction of illegal farming in Blue Valley, Cameron Highlands

KUALA LUMPUR: The destruction of millions of ringgit worth of vegetable, fruits and flowers by the National Security Council (NSC) at illegal farms in Cameron Highlands on Tuesday has come under fire from the point of sheer wastefulness.

Indeed, the destruction of produce from 18.5ha of illegally farmed land in the Blue Valley, Triangkap and Kampung Raja at a time when the prices of greens are high and continue to be on the rise, raises questions as to why the seizures could not have been harvested.

If these farms were growing poppies, the need to destroy the crops would not be questioned, but many feel that produce such as vegetables, fruits and blooming flowers should not have been destroyed.

Without any exception, people interviewed by theSun agreed that stern action be taken against the culprits responsible for unlawful land clearing and their illegal immigrant labourers to put a stop to illegal farming.

Transparency International Malaysia former president Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam described the action by the enforcement teams as “highly thoughtless and irresponsible”.

“The enforcement action could have been done in a better way. There should have been better coordination, planning and thought as to what to do with the yield of the land, rather than destroy all the full-bloom flowers, fruits and vegetables,” he told theSun.

“It was sad to see all these produce destroyed when they could have been harvested and sold in the market and the proceeds of the sale given to charities,” he said, adding that the flowers for example, could have been exported to Singapore.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1271431

malaysiandigest.com

Massive Demolition Job In Camerons

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CAMERON HIGHLANDS: A total of 18.4ha of illegal farms planted with flowers, vegetables and fruits worth millions of ringgit were destroyed in a National Security Council operation code named “Ops Gading 2” in Blue Valley, Tringkap and Kampung Raja in Cameron Highlands today.

The operation also saw various structures at the farms being demolished.

The landowners stood in dismay and were helpless as they watched their months of hard labour destroyed.

http://www.malaysiandigest.com/news/533195-massive-demolition-job-in-camerons.html

Penugasan anggota dalam Operasi Gading II Daerah Cameron Highlands Hari Ke-1 pd 16 Dis 2014 (Selasa)

AN IRRESPONSIBLE STATEMENT

MB blames residents for Cameron Highlands mud flood.

IN THE SHORT TERM, THE ENFORCERS WIN BUT WILL THERE BE THE POLITICAL WILL REQUIRED TO WIN PERMANENTLY?

Papan tanda ni tak sempat nak dipasang pada kedai di Cameron Highlands, MDCH sempat ambil tindakan.

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Star

Sunday December 7, 2014 MYT 7:59:09 PM

Illegal Camerons farmland to be replanted with trees

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Land which has been illegally developed for farming in the Cameron Highlands will be cleared and then rehabilitated by planting trees.

National Security Council (NSC) secretary Datuk Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab said close monitoring would be conducted on land development in the Cameron Highlands to prevent further illegal land-clearing for farming.

“When this happens, problems arise as it (illegal land clearing) affects the environment and ecology, hence causing natural disaster like soil erosion,” he told reporters during an operation, code-named Ops Gading, at the Blue Valley here Sunday.

A total of 300 personnel from 16 agencies, including the police, the Malaysian Armed forces, Immigration Department, Civil Defence Department, Rela and the Attorney-General’s Chambers, were involved in the operation.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/07/Camerons-illegal-farms-tree-replanting/

10 hektar ladang haram dmusnahkan dlm operasi hri ke-4 di Blue Valley, Cameron Highlands,hari ini: SU MKN

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為免非法開發的菜園影響金馬崙的生態環境及山下居民的安全,由中央政府16個機構聯手進行的“象牙行動”(Ops Gading),已經一連4天在金馬崙藍谷(Blue Valley)採取非法菜園推芭行動。迄今,當局一共摧毀了約18公頃的菜園…….http://bit.ly/1IjFT5W

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国家安全理事会秘书拿督达祖丁表示,当局在金马仑蓝谷(Blue Valley)地区展开的“象牙行动”(OPS Gading)中,已铲除25英亩的非法农地,逮捕了42名非法外劳,还剩20英亩的非法农地可在周一清除。

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Search and destroy: An excavator clearing debris during an operation to demolish an illegal vegetable farm at Blue Valley in Cameron Highlands.

Star

Friday December 5, 2014 MYT 9:12:10 AM

Authorities destroy previously demolished foreign worker accommodations

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Barely a month after enforcement officers tore down the living quarters of suspected illegal foreign workers at a farm in Blue Valley, the authorities were surprised to see the buildings erected again.

The authorities, however, would have none of it.

A National Security Council-led team yesterday demolished the rebuilt living quarters in an operation to clear illegal land extensions of a farm here.

“We have underestimated the size of the illegal extensions, which cover about 10.5ha.

Not so rosy: General Operations Force and Immigration Department personnel rounding up foreign workers at a flower farm during a massive operation at Blue Valley in Cameron Highlands. -SAIFUL BAHRI / The Star

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/05/Rebuilt-migrant-quarters-torn-down-Authorities-destroy-previously-demolished-foreign-worker-accommod/

This map shows you the location of Habu Valley. The Boh Estate is in Habu Valley.

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http://www.cameronhighlandsinfo.com/attraction/BOH_Tea_Plantations/

NST

MDCH takes its time obeying DPM’s orders

3 December 2014 @ 8:15 AM

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: CAMERON Highlands District Council (MDCH) will be filing a police report on the illegal expansion of the farm in Habu.

The council’s enforcement chief Yamin Hafiz Yusuf has been instructed to lodge the report, said assistant district officer Ismail Abu Bakar.

Ismail refused to explain why the council was only filing the report now when the directive to do so was issued over a week ago by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“I cannot comment on that as I am only in charge of the disposal unit,” he said, here, yesterday.

Ismail was speaking to reporters after receiving a memorandum on environmental issues affecting the highlands from non-governmental organisation Rakyat Prihatin Cameron.

New Straits Times had reported on Sunday that MDCH had failed to report the illegal expansion of the Habu farm to the police as instructed by the deputy prime minister during his visit here last Monday.

Muhyiddin had ordered that a report be lodged, the land sealed and the structures within torn down. He had been informed that the farmer, who was allowed to cultivate only 0.4ha of the land, had extended his operations by 0.35ha.

District police chief Deputy Superintendent Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu confirmed that a report had yet to be lodged.
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Meanwhile, Rakyat Prihatin Cameron spokesman Roy Margaret said the memorandum was the second phase of action taken by Cameron Highland residents.

“We will not stop until the relevant agencies take stringent measures to save Cameron Highlands,” said Roy, who was born and bred here.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/58751

NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: A farm here that had been illegally expanded right to side of a main road could not have escaped the eyes of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was here to see for himself travesties against the highlands.

Not a soul was on it but the evidence of illicit activities was clear, an excavator and a tractor lie near where structures had been erected and crops were awaiting harvest.

His immediate directive for a police report to be lodged, the land sealed and the structures torn down could not have been more welcomed by those present.

Muhyiddin seemed dismayed that the farm in Habu, here, had been allowed to expand and operate illegally right under the noses of
the authorities, more so when he was told that the land under the Temporary Operating Licence allowed for only 0.404ha to be cultivated.

The farm’s operators had opened up another 0.350ha.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/56218?d=1

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PERJALANAN SOLIDARITI BERTAM
巴登威利团结之行

Sertailah kami mengenangkan tragedi banjir lumpur Cameron Highlands !! Mari kita bersama memupuk kesedaran serta bergandi

ANOTHER FLOOD, ALBEIT A MINOR ONE!

Camerons hit by minor flash flood

Camerons hit by minor flash flood

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: A flash flood hit a village in Ringlet, Cameron Highlands for the second time in a month, fortunately this time with minimal damage.

Cameron Highlands OCPD, DSP Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said a downpour occurred at about 2pm Thursday and caused muddy waters to be swept into the streets at the new village area which was hit by a mud flood earlier this month.

“It rained briefly but it was enough to cause floodwaters to wash into the area.

“However, it was only a brief incident and the flash flood subsided in about 30 minutes,” he said when contacted.

“No villagers were evacuated,” he added.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/27/camerons-brief-flood/

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金馬崙冷力新村再發生閃電水患!
金馬崙冷力新村疑日前受洪災“洗劫”的河道防護圍牆尚未修復,週四(27日)下午4時因歷時一小時的豪雨,再次發生閃電水患,洶湧洪水從河道防護圍牆缺口迅速湧出,河水水位一度漲至8尺,殃及沿河的冷力新村的11戶住家,幸水位在半小時后消退,令村民虛驚一場。 

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金马仑冷力新村再度发生闪电水患!
金马仑今午下了約一小时大雨后, 发生闪电水患。警方要求冷力新村村民疏散,截至下午5时水位已退,村民返家收拾。

ON WHOM WILL THE AXE FALL?

Star

Wednesday November 19, 2014 MYT 3:17:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday November 19, 2014 MYT 3:39:44 PM

Royal order to stop Cameron Highlands illegal farming

BERTAM VALLEY:  Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah Abu Bakar has called for an end to illegal farming in Cameron Highlands.

“This illegal farming has been in existence since the British (colonial) times.

“It’s an infectious disease.

“They cannot go on doing this. We must put to an end (to illegal farming), by hook or by crook, we will do it,” he said when addressing reporters here Wednesday.

Sultan Ahmad Shah said this after visiting the damage done to the Cameron Highlands after the Nov 6 mud floods.

中國報訊:彭亨州蘇丹阿末沙殿下週三(19日)中午駕臨金馬崙,巡訪早前受洪災影響的巴登威利華小,瞭解修復工作的進度。

詳細報導翻閱今晚/明日《中國報》

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NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah arrived for a visit to Cameron Highlands.

He was accompanied by the Sultanah of Pahang Sultanah Kalsom.

The royal couple arrived in a helicopter at the grounds of Kelab Golf Sultan Ahmad Shah (SAS) just before 10am.

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The Sultan of Pahang is visiting today, Wednesday, 19 November 2014.
The District Officer took charge only 5 months ago.

Sultan Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah membuat lawatan di Daerah Cameron Highlands. Pix Asyraf Hamzah “

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Published on Nov 18, 2014
Status tanah tinggi Cameron Highlands di Pahang sebagai kawasan pelancongan tidak wajar dipersoalkan mana-mana pihak semata-mata kerana kes tanah runtuh yang berlaku baru-baru ini.
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Video: Cameron Highlands Kekal Lokasi Pelancongan

Malay Mail Online

Highlands road condition in deplorable state

By Ushar DanieleNovember 19, 2014

TANAH RATA, Nov 19 — Driving around Cameron Highlands is no joy-ride because the roads are uneven and littered with potholes caused by the large volume of heavy vehicles.

The road leading up to Cameron Highlands is a two-lane road with high volume of traffic from both sides.

Checks by Malay Mail last week revealed poor road conditions in several areas in Kampung Raja and Kuala Terla.

At least four commercial lorries would pass by the areas in the span of five minutes.

Roads in Kampung Raja are poorly maintained as their shoulders are eroded, only to be patched by poor repair work.

Roads in Kuala Terla were also in a horrible state.

There are many industrial buildings in the area, and heavy vehicles plied to and fro from Simpang Pulai, as well as Ringlet.

Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof acknowledged the road damage from Simpang Pulai to Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja.

“The roads in the areas are damaged but not severe,” he said.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/highlands-road-condition-in-deplorable-state

NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: THE man in charge of the administration of a beleaguered Cameron Highlands broke his silence yesterday, as pressure continues to build on authorities tasked with enforcing laws and preserving the highlands to buck up.

Cameron Highlands district officer Datuk A. Rahman Hamzah looks like a man who has the weight of the world on his shoulders, as he acknowledged the immensely complex problems facing the highlands for years.

Rahman, who assumed the post five months ago, acknowledged that issues surrounding the highlands had to be resolved once and for all.

He admitted it would be a monumental task but pledged to do all that was needed to give the highlands at least a sliver of hope for survival.

Touching on the issue of greedy farmers who blatantly open land, including forest reserves, to maximise their output and profits, Rahman said he would put in place a sound mechanism for his office’s enforcement and monitoring.

Once good to go, he said, there should be no problem in identifying areas that had been illegally cleared.

In the highlands, among the most rampant illegal land clearing are by Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) holders, who expand their farm beyond what had been sanctioned.

His office is digitising the map of land categories, including the cultivation of land under TOLs. He said changing the local plan mapping system would allow enforcers to immediately cross-check the map against what the TOL holders were working on.

“The role of every district office is to implement policies and instructions given by the state and federal governments.

Rahman, however, asked that he be given time to show results, saying there were many factors compounding the situation here, which had persisted for years. He said he needed to “strategise to make sure the best solutions were in place to arrest the problems once and for all”.

Rahman, who chose his words carefully throughout the interview, told the NST that his office had no power over enforcement agencies guarding the highlands.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/54306

119,000ha of idle land (the size of Penang) suitable for farming, why concentrate on Cameron Highlands?

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TENaGANITA

[Statement 18 Nov 2014] Cameron Highlands – Stop the Blame on Migrant Workers and Refugees

PressStatement

18thNovember 2014

Cameron Highlands – Stop the Blame on Migrant Workers andRefugees

“Malaysia by virtue of being amember of the United Nations has subscribed to the philosophy, concepts and norms provided by theUDHR, which sets out the minimum and common standard of human rights for ALLPEOPLES and ALL NATIONS.” (Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia officialwebsite, 2014)

Deputy Prime Minister MuhyiddinYassin’s statement on the 9th of November 2014, lashing out atforeign workers who “encroached” on land causingmuddy floods and landslides last Wednesday in Cameron Highlands is ill-conceived,xenophobic, illogical and completely misses the root causes of theproblem.  He also warned that refugeeswho are caught would not be spared from legal action.

Threatening, harassing andcriminalizing migrants and refugees who work in Cameron Highlands does nothingto address the fundamental problems which led to this disaster. Instead, itdiverts attention from the issue of illegal land clearing to ‘illegal’ migrantworkers.  Migrant workers and refugeesare not responsible for the poor ‘planning and development policies’ which hasspawned indiscriminate clearing of forest cover on hill slopes, widespreadearthworks with no regard for erosion mitigation, haphazard construction ofbuildings, destruction of riparian reserves, and extensive use of “plastichouses” for plants  without provision forcontrolled water run-off.

Hence the obvious questions which seems to haveescaped the government are, “Who provides approval for land clearing? Why have illegal farmsand plantations existed for so long?”Allegations have been made of politicians involved in allowing illegal landclearing in Cameron Highlands. Have these allegations been competently andtransparently investigated? Who is benefitting from this chronic destruction ofour hill-slopes?

 Read the rest:

Tenaganita statement on Cameron Highlands – Stop the Blame on Migrant Workers and Refugees

NST: MACC to use the Anti-Corruption Act 2009 AND Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001 in the Cameron Highland case

EXPECT THE MACC TO ANNOUNCE ARRESTS AND PROSECUTIONS. Would it be far fetched to expect small fry to be caught in their net, not the big fish?

MACC to use the Anti-Corruption Act 2009 AND Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001 in the Cameron Highland case reports NST

PUTRAJAYA CIVIL servants found guilty by the courts of being in cahoots with farmers in illegal land clearing in Cameron Highlands will face not only jail sentences, but also have their properties seized.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) clampdown against such errant civil servants, who were blamed for the devastation of the highlands, would see punitive action against them under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001.

MACC is investigating two senior civil servants in Cameron Highlands following a series of reports by the New Straits Times.

The probe included an in-depth profiling of the duo.

“Initial investigations revealed that they are living beyond their means. We have received information that the two officers have amassed wealth from illegal land clearing.

“We believe many more will be hauled up based on more information,” said MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull.

He issued the order to investigate the two officers yesterday.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/53930

NST

Ruler bans key words in letters

By FARAH NAZ KARIM AND JASSMINE SHADIQE – 18 November 2014 @ 8:12 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: THE rampant abuse of royal households’ good name has not escaped the eyes of the monarchy.

Former Johor state secretary Datuk Obet Tawil had, on Oct 8 last year, issued a letter to Johor and federal departments, statutory bodies, local authorities, registrar of societies as well as the state’s cooperatives and companies commissions, telling them to look out for words linked to the Johor royal institution and the state.

Among the words they are supposed to red flag are “DiRaja”, “Tuanku”, “Tunku”, “Johor”, “Sultan”, “Mahkota” and “Istana”.

The letter, which took effect immediately, required them to refer documents bearing any of these words to the state government.

Last week, the New Straits Times exposed the existence of a “powerful” recommendation letter, termed by those in the know, as “surat kuning” (yellow letter).

The letter was allegedly traced to the Pahang palace.

Authorities have blamed the document as one of the factors that had allowed the highlands to be in the sorry state it was in.

A former Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) top official yesterday shared his 33 years’ working experience, which saw him inundated with such letters. “They came in various forms and signatures … Some were dropping names of royalties, some were traced back to members of royal households.

“Now that the issue of the ‘surat kuning’ is out in the open, me and my friends in enforcement agencies hope there would be a blanket ban on such letters.

“It would make it easier for law enforcers to act without fear if they know that the rulers are unanimously against this practice.”

http://www.nst.com.my/node/53932

‘Illegal clearing may have reached Perak, Kelantan’

IPOH: An environmental group has cautioned that illegal land clearing in Cameron Highlands could spill into the Perak border.

Regional Environmental Awareness of Cameron Highlands (Reach) president R. Ramakrishnan said there was a likelihood that encroachment into the Perak side of the highlands might have taken place already.

“The hilly area that forms the border of the three states, Pahang, Perak and Kelantan, is our own ‘Golden Triangle’ and is a remote place.

“Based on information received by Reach, some of the illegal clearing in Cameron Highlands has extended across the Kelantan border.

“Though it could not be verified if the same had happened in the forested areas of Perak, Reach does not reject the idea that small parts or portions may have been affected already,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Malaysiakini

10:13PM Nov 17, 2014

By Bernama

Pahang sultan to visit Camerons on Wednesday

The Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang plans to visit the Cameron Highlands on Wednesday to ascertain pressing issues that have arisen, said State Secretary Muhammad Safian Ismail said today.

A long-term plan was in the pipeline with regard to restoring the agricultural and resort area, Muhammad Safian said, adding that the plan would be announced by Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob.

At the same time, he said, 26 evacuation centres have been set up in Cameron Highlands to accommodate 2,600 people.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/280798

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‘Insane’ profits from farms in Camerons. Read the EXCLUSIVE story in the NST (Mon, Nov 17). Don’t miss it!

KUALA LUMPUR: PROFITS from illicit farming in Cameron Highlands is so insane that authorities fear it will be an uphill battle to stop the illegal clearing of government land and forests in the highlands.

New revelations have suggested a gaping difference between the “official” output from land under Temporary Occupation Licences, and the actual tonnage of produce harvested from the highlands.

The New Straits Times was made to understand that some 500,000 tonnes of farm produce, from three harvests, are exported from the highlands each year. This is all supposedly from farms under TOLs. Income derived from these exports is in the region of a whopping RM1.5 billion a year.

The output of farm produce from 2,000ha of land in Cameron Highlands, according to agricultural experts, should logically be in the region of 180,000 tonnes a year, if harvested three times annually.

“Unless the officially allowed acreage for TOL land cultivation had been expanded by 3,300ha (from 2,000ha to tally with the output of produce from 5,300ha of farm land) since 2012, it is rather perplexing to see so much produce coming out of legal cultivation.

“Just how do you explain the difference in tonnage? Where did the rest come from? I think we all know the answer,” said the expert.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/53621

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A PIPE DREAM! Dream on, Mr Minister!

Star

Sunday November 16, 2014 MYT 10:00:32 PM

Palanivel: One million trees for Cameron Highlands

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: There will be no more high rise buildings like hotels or condominiums in Cameron Highlands, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.

“A programme to plant one million trees will be activated. We are discussing with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro Based Industry and Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water.

“We do not want high rise buildings in Cameron Highlands,” he told reporters after meeting non governmental organisations to discuss environmental issues involving Cameron Highlands here.

He said one million trees will be planted in Cameron Highlands, especially hill slopes to reduce soil erosion and avoid landslides.

Palanivel said the programme to plant trees would start in stages for over a three-year period with the cooperation of Persatuan Pencinta Alam Malaysia (MNS), Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands (Reach) and Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam (Peka).

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/16/cameron-highlands-no-more-high-rise-says-palanivel/

Kerana rasuah Cameron Highlands dibanjiri pendatang asing tanpa izin.

WHOSE FAULT IS IT? The government blames everyone but itself!

Datuk Seri Adnan sillegal foreign workers for the destruction.

“Illegal cultivation has become rampant due to the availability of cheap foreign labour,” he said. “The state has no means to curb this widespread illegal cultivation as it lacks the manpower and facilities to do it.”

The deadly flood has hurt the popular tourist image of Cameron Highlands, whose economy generates about RM2 billion (S$776 million) every year. It has a population of about 40,000 and is famed for its fresh fruit and vegetables, thanks to its cool climate.

The area gets about 30,000 visitors a week and supplies 10 per cent of the vegetables exported from Malaysia to Singapore. The supply has dropped by about 20 per cent because of the floods.

In the wake of the tragedy, the authorities have pointed the finger at TOL holders who expanded their farms and cleared land beyond the permitted areas. Even forest reserves have been affected.

The news comes as Malaysia’s Cabinet decided last Friday to form a joint committee to oversee the implementation of rehabilitation plans for Cameron Highlands, which is located in the state of Pahang.

Prime Minister Najib Razak said the committee would be jointly chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob.

http://www.stasiareport.com/the-big-story/asia-report/malaysia/story/illegal-clearing-plagues-cameron-highlands-20141116

Star

Saturday November 15, 2014 MYT 9:09:49 AM

‘Palace letters a licence to clear land’

KUANTAN: A former state assemblyman has claimed that letters purportedly issued from the Pahang palace have contributed to the proliferation of excessive land-clearing activities in Cameron Highlands.

Datuk Ho Yip Kap, who was the Tanah Rata representative from 2008 to 2013, said that during his tenure, very few of such letters were given out to aged farmers who wanted to earn a decent living by working on a small piece of land.

“Now, certain people who claimed to have connections to the palace are offering the letters for RM100,000 to RM300,000.

“Some greedy farmers took up the offer, resulting in massive and uncontrolled land-clearing activities.

“There are also some corrupt officers in the district office who give out the land-clearing permits discreetly,” he said.

Due to this loophole, farmers and contractors would carry out land-clearing activities within 24 hours.

A source said RM20,000 would be collected from farmers for approval to clear one acre of land.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/15/Palace-letters-a-licence-to-clear-land-Exrep-claims-recommendations-responsible-for-excessive-cleari/

The scope of devastation at Cameron Highlands! NST, lead story

NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: CAMERON Highlands is headed for a catastrophe “of an unimaginable scale” in five to 10 years if illegal land clearing continues unabated.

Experts have warned of massive mudslides and flash floods that could wipe out townships and villages in Tapah, Kampung Raja, Blue Valley, Kuala Terla and Tanah Rata, and the more than 150,000 people in the highlands.

The worst case scenario is the complete collapse of the entire hill system.

Geologists have cautioned of an already shaky hill structure, teetering on the brink of collapse, as a result of illegal land clearing, removal of top soil, heavy siltation and excess ground water.

They pointed to an unusually high number of mudslides since the beginning of the year, a new phenomenon that have seen no less than 150 incidents. What is most perplexing is why sound recommendations made by experts on the heels of recurring disasters are being systematically ignored.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/52524

Costlier for likely after Cameron Highlands flash floods, crackdown

CAMERON HIGHLANDS – The crackdown on illegal workers in Cameron Highlands soon after flash floods damaged farms there will mean costlier vegetables and flowers in coming months.

Several farmers said the higher prices will impact local consumers as well as exports to Singapore and other countries, particularly during the Christmas season next month and Chinese New Year in February.

The Immigration Department has hauled in scores of foreign workers, who allegedly do not have proper work permits, after a Home Ministry investigation revealed that a syndicate was bringing in thousands of illegals here.

Many other foreign workers have also reportedly gone into hiding as the crackdown continues, giving the farmers a headache over how to tend their crops in the wake of the sudden shortage in their workforce.

This happened soon after flash floods and landslides caused much damage and killed five people on Nov 5.

http://www.soshiok.com/content/costlier-vegetables-singapore-likely-after-cameron-highlands-flash-floods-crackdow

NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: A T least six new sites that are illegally cleared for farming, covering more than 1,000ha— equivalent to about 1,400 football fields — have been identified in the highlands for the past three months.

The sites are in Gunung Siku Permanent Forest Reserve at the border of Blue Valley and Kampung Raja, Sungai Ikan in Kampung Raja, Sungai Jarik in Kuala Terla, Sungai Mensun in Brinchang, Sungai Lemoi in Bertam Valley and Ulu Merah in Ringlet.

At some of the sites, it was observed that clearing works had just started, while at other sites, they had been turned into vegetable farms.

The New Straits Times visited the site in Sungai Jarik, about 20km from the Jalan Brinchang-Kampung Raja trunk road, and found that it was planted with brinjal and maize, spreading over 4ha.

There is also a kongsi house for the farm’s foreign workers.

It was also observed that several excavators had been brought in to carry out more land clearing works in the area for more illegal farming activities.

It was learnt that area was raided and demolished by authorities last May.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/52085

NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Rampant corrupt practices by government agencies, from the top down have been blamed for the mess Cameron Highlands is in now.

Political interference aggravated the situation, sources told the New Straits Times.

Sources said there were instances where enforcement officers, on their way to raid illegal farms, had to abandon their plans after receiving a call from “people in power”.

The sources said illegal immigrants were released hours after their arrests and returned to their farms to work.

“Everyone in Cameron Highlands knows what is happening here. The rot must be stopped if Cameron Highlands is to be saved.

“Politics should not be tempered with justice. A line has to be drawn,” a source said.

Another source said some farmers were prepared to pay as much as RM45,000 to open more land for farming and for their “applications for new farming land” to be approved within three months.

“This has been going on for years. Although Temporary Occupational Licences, or TOLs, were no longer issued after the 2002 Blue Valley incident, farmers and government officers had found ways to work around the restriction.

“This is how the rich and the well-connected farmers get to grow their land from just two acres (0.8ha) to sometimes more than 10 acres.”

http://www.nst.com.my/node/51704

Local people are skeptical about the raids. They said illegal immigrants were released hours after their arrests and returned to their farms to work.

Star

Monday November 10, 2014 MYT 9:09:19 AM

Immigration officers nab 181 illegal workers

Surprise dragnet: Immigration officers rounding up illegal workers in Cameron Highlands.

Surprise dragnet: Immigration officers rounding up illegal workers in Cameron Highlands.

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Clad in plainclothes, immigration officers went around six towns here and detained 181 illegal immigrants trading illegally by the roadside in the area.

During the noon operation yesterday, the enforcement officers caught several people, including tourists by surprise, as they rounded up the foreign workers in the towns.

Ringlet, which was inundated by floods last Wednesday, was one of the towns. The others are Tanah Rata, Brinchang, Kuala Terla, Kampung Raja and Tringkap.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/10/Immigration-officers-nab-181-illegal-workers/

“Creating a detection system to avoid allegations involving royalties, politicians and senior government officers with any quarters claiming to have apart in any matters to preserve the good name of the party,” he said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Task force on Cameron Highlands, urges MACC

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has recommended that a task force be set up to curb corruption responsible for the illegal explorations in Cameron Highlands.

MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Mustafar Ali said the team was needed for effective enforcement and to allow action to be taken fairly, without pressure or influence from any parties.

He said a policy controlling the entry and identity of foreign workers, especially in Cameron Highlands, was also necessary to prevent illegal exploration of agricultural areas.

“Besides that, we also recommend looking into the issuance of Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) to restrict illegal exploration of government land, avoid the construction of permanent buildings on TOL land as well as enforcement of the Land Conservation Act 1960/Pahang Enactment No. 13 (Heavier Fines and Penalties).

Mustafar also recommended that appropriate action be taken to facilitate the management and enforcement on illegal ventures, such as restricting the use of heavy machinery, monitoring the influx of foreign workers in Cameron Highlands and stepping up enforcement operations on weekends and public holidays.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/280003

Itu sebab berlaku bencana di cameron highland..mcm ni rupanya..RASUAH..

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Tapah – Cameron Highland road reopen only for light vehicles

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The Tapah-Cameron Highlands road was reopened but only for light vehicles at 4.20 pm today.

Cameron Highlands police chief DSP Wan Zahari Wan Busu said heavy vehicles were not permitted to use the road for now for fear road vibrations due their weight could trigger landslides.

Road to Cameron Highlands via Tapah closed due to clearing works

The road to Cameron Highlands via Tapah has been closed to all vehicles since 9.25pm last night.

This was to enable clearing up works following several minor landslides along the stretch.

As such, Cameron Highlands police chief Deputy Superintendent Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu advised all motorists to use the alternative Simpang Pulai – Cameron Highlands route.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/51054

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“Govt to take action against those guilty of illegal land clearing in Camerons”

This sounds so wonderful and grand!
1. How will you take action if you can’t catch them?
2. How can you catch them when there isn’t the political will to do so?

3. How can you catch them when informers warn the illegal land clearers of coming raids?

PUTRAJAYA: The Government will not compromise and take action against those responsible for illegal land clearing activities which led to floods and landslides in Cameron Highlands last Wednesday. 

Star: Govt to take action against those guilty of illegal land clearing in Camerons http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/09/Camerons-Govt-to-take-action-against-guilty-parties/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

The “out-of-control” illegal land-clearing activities is made worse “with rampant corrupt practices from top-down”.

NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Wednesday’s mud floods and landslides in Bertam Valley, Ringlet and Kuala Terla are just the beginning of more disasters to strike the highlands, warn environmentalists.

They said the highlands would see the horror of more floods and landslides if land-clearing continues. They are asking for regular monitoring and stringent enforcement on all land-clearing activities to be in place to ensure that they are not carried out at the expense of the environment.

Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands (Reach) president R. Ramakrishnan said the situation would turn from bad to worse if no short-term and long-term solutions were found.

Checks showed that the road and river reserves from Kampung Raja right up to Bertam Valley and Ringlet had been encroached on for illegal farming activities.

Hidden behind the Cameron Highlands trunk road were vast plots of illegal dumping sites. Rotten vegetables, flowers and bags of fertiliser were thrown into the rivers.

According to Ramakrishnan, water from these rivers flowed through a 10km tunnel to the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam in Bertam Valley.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/51004

NST

‘Make Camerons a national park’

By FAZLEENA AZIZ AND REBECCA HANI ROMELI – 9 November 2014 @ 8:17 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: CAMERON Highlands needs to be gazetted as a national park as it is one the most environmentally and ecologically-sensitive areas in the country with vital water catchments and forest reserves.

Universiti Sains Malaysia flood hazard management and climate expert Prof Dr Chan Ngai Weng said because of  its fragility, steep slopes, heavy rainfall and shallow soil, the Pahang government should work with the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to gazette the highlands as a national park.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/51011

Water level at Sultan Abu Bakar Dam back to normal

The water level at the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam, here is back to normal today, that is, at 3,498 metres compared with the danger level of 3,509 metres recorded on Wednesday.

Cameron Highlands District Police Chief, DSP Wan Zahari Wan Busu said following the stable water level, there was no overflow of water reported so far.

At the same time, Wan Zahari said that there was no road closure from Tapah to Cameron Highlands following the floods there.

“However, there were traffic congestions on several stretches of the route in Tapah due to the landslide along the hill slopes which forced the affected parts of the road to be turned into a one-lane stretch,” he said when contacted Saturday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/08/Cameron-Highland-Dam-back-to-normal/

Cameron floods: Deepening of Sungai Bertam starts next month, says Palanivel

He said the work could begin after the issues and compensation involving 11 lots of individually-owned land in Lembah Bertam, which were inundated by floods in October last year, were settled.

He said it would be implemented via a RM40mil allocation which was approved last year.

“Altough the allocation was approved earlier, it will be implemented after the issues are resolved,” he told reporters after inspecting the flooded areas in Lembah Bertam here

He said work to repair the banks including straightening the river must be implemented to prevent the floods in the area from recurring.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/08/cameron-floods-sungai-bertam-to-be-deepened-next-month/

BUSINESS IS BAD, AS EXPECTED.

Star

Hotels hit by cancellations and postponements

BRINCHANG: Hotel operators here have been hit hard by Wednesday’s flash mud floods, with the disaster scaring off customers.

Many have seen their customers not coming to the area over the weekend, adding that the fear of landslides has led to some cancelling their bookings for the December school holidays.

Brinchang Hotel manager K.S. Chai, 55, expected two buses of tourists to his 33-room hotel on Saturday.

“A total of 29 from Tanjung Malim cancelled. Forty from Petaling Jaya postponed to December. This is very bad,” he said.

Chai said he told his customers that they had nothing to worry about, adding that Brinchang, being 17km from Ringlet, was not affected by the floods.

But the distance in travel has not encouraged Parkland Hotel’s patrons to make their way here, said its general manager Cheng Weng Kin, 27.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/08/Hotels-hit-by-cancellations-and-postponements/

Star

Saturday November 8, 2014 MYT 7:11:11 AM

Fears of disaster keeping away customers

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Many traders at Kea Farm here complained that their business had dropped after floods hit the area.

In the tourist market some 21km from Ringlet, traders said the expected weekend crowd was missing, leaving them with poor business.

“There should be many people here on Friday. This place can be full even on Wednesdays.

“But there are not many people. They’re worried about the mudslides,” said a stall owner identified only as Aisyah, 22.

Not all tourists were scared off by the bad weather, though some who spoke to The Star found it safer to come here by the northern route.

Tourist Mohd Ridhuan, 32, said he came from Kelantan with his family using the Gua Musang route.

“We know where to go, and we’re not going to Ringlet and Bertam Valley,” he said.

On the way here, The Star noticed many parts of the road from Tapah were blocked by fallen trees and mud from landslides, which the authorities had to clear.

In comparison, the roads from Simpang Pulai and Gua Musang, though not without debris, were largely clear.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/08/Fears-of-disaster-keeping-away-customers/

NO, THEY CAN’T GO HOME YET…

NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Flood victims in Bertam Valley are not allowed to return home following uncertain weather in the highlands and the high water level at the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam.

Cameron Highlands police chief DSP Wan Zahari Wan Busu said heavy rain which started at 1pm today had caused the water level at the dam to rise and flooding the area for the second time.

“Even though the rain has stopped and water has subsided, residents are not allowed to return to their homes for fear of more heavy rain over the area,” he told Bernama.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/50576

Mayat dua pekerja ladang Indonesia yg hilang ditemukan di bawah timbunan batu di Sungai Kabok, Bertam Valley

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Forced to flee the floods – again

Video: Ringlet mudslide causes grave damage

BLOGGER: AS EXPECTED, THE PAHANG MENTRI BESAR LAYS THE BLAME SQUARELY ON OTHERS.

Has he asked himself or his officers why the Sate Government has been ineffective in preventing haphazard development? How does he overlook the INCOMPETENCE of his government?

Teresa Kok, “Since he knew that lack of strict enforcement will result in mud flood, which will cause loss of lives and damage to properties, how could he have failed to take the necessary actions to prevent and resolve the problem?”

Pahang MB blasted for mud flood statement

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok has slammed Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob for his statement on the Cameron Highlands mud flood.

“Adnan’s statement is unacceptable and merely said to divert attention from the real issue,” Kok said in a statement today.

Adnan was quoted as saying that if the state government carries out strict enforcement on excessive land clearing, “there will be people who will immediately attack the government as being inhumane”.

However, Kok said Adnan was simply trying to divert attention from the real issue – that the government had failed in its responsibility to prevent excessive land clearing.

“Does he really think he can convince the public that due to its fear of being criticised, the state government has refrained from doing what it should do to prevent excessive land clearing?

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/279836

THIS ROUND OF FLOOD IS NOT OVER YET! As heavy rain falls again, the mud flow returns!

NST

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Downpour since 1.45pm today caused houses in Kampung Baru Ringlet here to be inundated in mud water again.

The water level is said to reach up to the neck level this time around.

Some residents are said to be trapped inside their houses.

This is the second time since Wednesday the area has been hit by mud floods following a downpour.

http://www.nst.com.my/node/50511

BERTRAM VALLEY FLOODED AGAIN! The horror of the Bertam Valley mudflood a year ago has returned to haunt residents on the Cameron Highlands!

The flood situation at Kampung Baru Ringlet, Cameron Highlands at 1.45pm. Some residents were trapped in their home.

Star

Friday November 7, 2014 MYT 1:48:28 PM

Camerons mud flood: Bodies of two Indonesian workers found

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The bodies of the two missing Indonesian farm workers have been found, buried underneath a heap of rubble at Sungai Kabok, Bertam Valley here.

The two bodies were found near a farm at about 11.10am.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/07/camerons-flood-2-bodies-indon-found/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Video: Ringlet mudslide causes grave damage

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Victims of the mudslide in Ringlet, Cameron Highlands suffer heavy losses; claiming that the alarm system was ineffective.

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Video: Serious Flood in Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia | 05-11-2014

AS EXPECTED, THE PAHANG MENTRI BESAR LAYS THE BLAME SQUARELY ON OTHERS. Has he asked himself or his officers why the Sate Government has been ineffective in preventing haphazard development?

MB blames residents for Cameron mud flood The tragedy should make them realise the importance of conservation

The mud flood that hit the Bertam Valley and Ringlet in Cameron Highlands late yesterday evening claiming three lives so far should make the people realise the importance of forest conservation and respect for the environment, said Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob.

He said that though the state government had taken various measures to prevent a recurrence of the mud flood after the incident last year, it was sad that there had been another calamity.

“However, for the long term, there is nothing much that can be done now as most of the areas have been taken up by settlers with haphazard development and the forest stripped bare,” he said.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/279753

2 more believed to be buried in Cameron Highlands mudslide – Bernama: Two Indonesian nationals believed to be …

2 more believed to be buried in Cameron Highlands mudslide – Bernama

The rescue team ploughing through the mud in the search for two missing people believed to be buried under it. – Pic courtesy of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, November 6, 2014.

The rescue team ploughing through the mud in the search for two missing people believed to be buried under it. – Pic courtesy of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, November 6, 2014.

Two Indonesian nationals believed to be buried in the landslide at the Sungai Kabok vegetable farm in Lembah Bertam, Cameron Highlands, have yet to be found by the rescue team, said Cameron Highlands OCPD DSP Wan Zahari Wan Busu.

He said 40 members of the rescue team comprising firemen and members of the armed forces had carried out the search and rescue operations after receiving a report of a missing victim.

“Today, we dug out the heap of soil at the site of the kongsi house. However, the operation today did not find the victim,” he told reporters at the Operations and Disaster Control Centre today.

He said the rescue team halted the search operations for the two victims at 5.30pm today and would resume the search at 8am tomorrow.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/2-more-believed-to-be-buried-in-cameron-highlands-mudslide-bernama?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

At least three dead in Cameron Highlands mud flood

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At least three people were killed during a massive mud flood that was caused by heavy downpour at Cameron Highlands yesterday.

“It has been raining heavily since 5.30pm and the rain has not stopped,” said Cameron Highlands Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Morni Mamat when contacted by The Star.

Cameron Highlands OCPD Deputy Supt Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said that one of the victims was a teenaged boy who got swept away at Kuala Terla while the other two victims were found buried by the landslide at Ringlet and Bertam Valley.

http://www.tnp.sg/news/cameron-highlands-mud-flood-kills-least-3-people

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DI CAMERON HIGHLAND : info akan di muat naik dari semasa ke semasa

Bertam Valley flood: One victim was trapped under the debris while a boy was swept away by flood waters; 6 vehicles swept away: Fire Dept

Bertam Valley flood: Total of 150 people from 37 families staying at Ringlet New Village evacuated to the Ringlet multipurpose hall at 10pm

The horror of the Bertam Valley mudflood a year ago has returned to haunt residents on the highlands.

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Heavy rains have caused a mud flood here, which hit Ringlet at about around 7pm Wednesday due to heavy rains, with a boy believed to be missing.

The boy is feared to have been swept away by flood waters, while up to about 40 houses have been submerged.

A spokesman from the Civil Defence Department here said the boy was stranded on a tractor near a farm when the flood hit.

He supposedly tried to get to safety but was swept away by floodwaters.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/06/Mud-flood-camerons/

Last year’s mud flood took place in the early hours of Oct 23 when Sg Bertam overflowed after water was released from the 50-year-old Sultan Abu Bakar Hydroelectric Dam in Ringlet. 

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Sunday November 2, 2014 MYT 2:45:49 PM

Danger still looms in Bertam Valley

Residents continue to farm and live within the Sg Bertam reserve land in Bertam Valley. - The Star

Residents continue to farm and live within the Sg Bertam reserve land in Bertam Valley. – The Star

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Lake Ringlet in Bertam Valley, here, the centre of a mud flood which claimed four lives and damaged more than 100 houses a year ago, is still swamped with garbage and sediments.

Now with the rainy season in full swing, the possibility of a similar tragedy recurring is looming.

A survey by Bernama showed that agricultural activities are still flourishing on the hill slopes in the vicinity, with new farms having been opened.

Residents, who fled the area after the mud flood have returned to set up their homes on the reserve land along the banks of Sg Bertam, oblivious to the grave danger they are exposed to.

Dredging works to excavate silt and garbage from Tasik Ringlet are currently being carried out by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB).

This year alone, it is spending RM40mil to excavate some 750,000 cubic metres of sediments from the man-made lake – the highest annual cost incurred so far compared with the RM180mil it had spent carrying out similar works since 2001.

TNB generation division senior general manager (asset management) Azman Talib said the excavations works were complicated and involved high costs.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/02/Danger-still-looms-in-Bertam-Valley/

…TNB

Malaysian Insider

Danger still looms in Bertam Valley a year after tragedy – Bernama

The aftermath of the Bertam Valley disaster in Cameron Highlands, last year. – The Malaysian Insider pic, November 2, 2014.The aftermath of the Bertam Valley disaster in Cameron Highlands, last year. – The Malaysian Insider pic, November 2, 2014.

Tasik Ringlet in Bertam Valley, here, the centre of a mud flood which claimed four lives and damaged more than 100 houses a year ago, is still swamped with garbage and sediment, despite diligent efforts by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) to clear up the lake.

Now with the rainy season in full swing, the possibility of a similar tragedy recurring is looming.

A survey by Bernama showed that agricultural activities are still flourishing on the hill slopes in the vicinity, with new farms having been opened.

Residents who fled the area after the mud flood have returned to set up their homes on the reserve land along the banks of Sungei Bertam, oblivious to the grave danger they are exposed to.

Going by the current state Tasik Ringlet is in, it is very obvious that much more has to be done by the authorities concerned to avert another tragedy.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/danger-still-looms-in-bertam-valley-a-year-after-tragedy-bernama?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

8 July 2014

YAHOO! NEWS MALAYSIA

Told about illegal land clearing in the Cameron Highlands, National Resources and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, went to check on it but the illegal farmers were gone. The place is on the Simpang Pulai to Gua Musang road.

Can’t control slash-and-burn, minister tells farmers

Present with Palanivel was Cameron Highlands district officer Datuk A. Rahman.

“The illegal farmers were somehow alerted and escaped before we could apprehend them.

“Their warning was so good that we were also unable to confiscate their machinery,” Rahman said.

“The solution would be for local residents to cooperate closely with the authorities to provide early alerts,” he added.

For the short term, Palanivel said replanting on the hill slopes could start as early as August.

For the longer term, he proposed that patrols be carried out by enforcement agencies such as Rela or the police.

https://my.news.yahoo.com/t-control-slash-burn-minister-tells-farmers-230600409.html

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ARE HOLIDAY MAKERS STAYING AWAY?

The tragedy happened at Bertam Valley, downhill from Brinchiang,Tanah Rata,Tringkap, Kea Farm and Habu but holiday makers may not have realized that.

Rosa Passadena and Casa De La Rosa Hotel managing director Datuk Yee Shan Konsaid the drop in tourists could be attributed to newspaper reports and images of the Bertam Valley mudslide.

YAHOO! NEWS MALAYSIA

Tourist numbers sliding off Cameron Highlands

CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Nov 28 — Despite it being the year-end school holiday season, there are fewer tourists enjoying the cool environment of Cameron Highlands.

Equatorial Cameron Highlands general manager Patrick Tee told The Malay Mail that rooms were empty as worried travellers cancelled their bookings in fear of disasters such as the recent Bertam Valley mudslide which claimed four lives and left more than 100 houses and vehicles destroyed.

“Even though Bertam Valley is quite a distance from Brinchang, people think the entire highlands is affected,” he said, adding that room bookings and occupancy dropped by as much as 30 per cent.

It is believed this is the worst peak season ever for the largest hotel in Cameron Highlands, which opened its doors in 1996.

Siva Das, founder of website CameronHighlands.com, which provides travel information to visitors, said the drop in tourists was also affecting other businesses, including restaurants.

http://my.news.yahoo.com/tourist-numbers-sliding-off-cameron-highlands-232700017.html

EXPECT ANOTHER DISASTER WHEN THE RAIN POURS DOWN CONTINUALLY OVER SEVERAL DAYS!

This reservoir, a man-made lake, is too small and too shallow to contain all the water when several days of heavy rain occur.

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Video: Bigger dam disaster waiting to happen

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05 November 2013| last updated at 04:20PM

‘Man-made lake has now become a time bomb’

CAMERON HIGHLANDS — The Ringlet reservoir’s water holding capacity has greatly decreased due to the high volume of rubbish, sand and silt sedimented on the lake floor.

Consequently, the man-made lake that holds water to power up the Sultan Abu Bakar Hydroelectric Dam has now become a time bomb that can inundate and devastate lives, areas and property as it can no longer sustain a downpour to its original capacity.

TNB Cameron Highlands Power Stations General Manager Mustafa Hashim said the TNB had taken up the issue with relevant agencies and acknowledged that the Sultan Abu Bakar dam could overflow any day now.

“Another huge risk is that the intake screen to the Sultan Yussuf power station tunnel clogs up due to the sheer volume of the rubbish there, such as farming waste, plastics and ropes,” explained Mustafa, who has been working at the Cameron Highlands since 2011.

Read more: ‘Man-made lake has now become a time bomb’ – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/man-made-lake-has-now-become-a-time-bomb-1.392825#ixzz2jlWHcGld

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TRAGEDY AT THE CAMERON HIGHLANDS. It was not a natural disaster but a man-made one!

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28 October 2013

Body of missing woman found among debris in Bertam River

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The search and rescue operation found the body of 24-year-old Indonesian victim who went missing in the Bertam Valley mudslide last Wednesday at noon among the debris in Bertam River today.

Read more: Body of missing woman found among debris in Bertam River – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/body-of-missing-woman-found-among-debris-in-bertam-river-1.386991#ixzz2j028e4g1

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Ringlet tragedy a sign of worse things to come

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  • 28 Oct 2013
  • Metro Perak
  • By CHERYL HEW cherylhew@thestar.com.my Photos by RONNIE CHIN

Bertam Valley residents pick up the pieces after last week’s mud flood

SJK(C) Bertam Valley students Tan Jia Nan, 15, (front) and Leong Kah Lok, 15, helping to clean up their school’s chairs in the aftermath of the mud flood that hit Cameron Highlands last Wednesday.

Wiping off the mud

Star
October 26, 2013 MYT 5:58:02 PM
Ringlet dam disaster: DID planning concrete embankment along Bertam River
by ivan loh

The Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) will build a concrete embankment along a 3km-stretch of the Bertam River. The walls will be on both sides of the embankment along the 3km stretch of the river

Ringlet dam disaster: DID planning concrete embankment along Bertam River

Malaysiakini

Duo broke window to rescue family from floods

Amid rising flood waters in the Bertam Valley, a 19-year old motorcycle mechanic said he and his father had to break a window and pry open a metal wire grille to save the rest of the family.

Mohd Shaifi Jamil said 20 minutes before the first warning sirens were sounded at midnight, his friend, whose father works in Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), has already called to alert him of an impending flood.

t was in the midst of preparing for the expected floods at about 12.20am that Mohd Shaifi discovered his mother and twin sister were trapped by the sudden torrent of water.

“The water wasn’t here yet and I was pushing my motorcycle (to higher ground), and then it came suddenly. I panicked because my mom was inside (the house).

“I tried the door, but I could not open it (because of the water pressure). I opened the window and saw that my mother was fine except that the water had risen to her chest.

NONE“Me and my father tried breaking through the window and eventually we succeeded, and we took my mother and sister out and headed for safety,” he said, pointing to the window.

His father lives separately opposite his home.

Their houses would later become almost completely submerged in water, Mohd Shaifi’s was covered in silt up to just below the window when Malaysiakini visited on Thursday and spoke to him.

Duo broke window to rescue family from floods

Malaysiakini

Bertam flood victims fume over ‘invisible’ treatment

On Day Two after the Bertam Valley flash flood, residents are fuming over the lack of governmental support for their clean-up efforts.

“The flood is not the real problem. After the incident, we are invisible. Did anyone from the government departments come? Not even one.

“When welcoming (Pahang Crown Prince Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah) and other dignitaries, everyone is there, having their photos taken.

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“There is no one here to coordinate the clean-up efforts. We even paid for all these; the fuel and the wages,” local-born businessman Wong Kan Singsaid yesterday.

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Bertam flood victims fume over ‘invisible’ treatment

The gates of the Cameron Highlands hydroelectric dam were opened at 12.20am on 23 October 2013, flooding farms in Ringlet and surrounding areas.

Cameron Highlands Fire and Rescue Services Department chief Yusri Abdullah Sani, said the dam officials had to fully open the first gate, for fear that the rising water level would reach the maximum level, which would have led to all four gates being forced open automatically.

Malaysiakini

Ringlet tragedy a sign of worse things to come

COMMENT The Cameron Highlands dam overflow tragedy that struck the residents of Bertam Valley in Ringlet is a sign of worse things to come.

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) says it followed standard operating procedures (SOP). However, several questions remain unanswered.

TNB must therefore hold an inquiry and go into the full length to investigate any breaches of the SOP. And there must be no cover-up. The Cameron Highlands District Office, the District Land Office, police and state government must all take a very serious view of what has happened to avoid future tragedies.

This was not a natural disaster. If the rain has been falling for about a week, why did TNB wait so long to release the water accumulated in the Cameron Highlands hydroelectric dam? Was there other reason, or consideration, over human life and property?

Ringlet tragedy a sign of worse things to come

Malaysiakini

Residents urge authorities to build retaining wall

The residents of Kampung Lembah Bertam are urging the authorities to build a retaining wall and a wider irrigation canal to prevent possible recurrences of mudslides.

Village head Wong Fook Shai, 56, said such a move was necessary as heavy rains frequently caused mudslides at the river banks.

“The authorities should build a retaining wall first and then widen the river. If not the situation will get worse as the floods will cause mudslides which will destroy our farms,” he told Bernama yesterday.

Wong, who has been the village head since 2009, said the tragedy which occurred on Wednesday was the worst ever experienced by the villagers.

n a related development, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has approved RM38.9 million for rebuilding the area affected by mud floods in the valley.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister G Palanivel said, other than overhauling the surrounding area, the fund would also be used to deepen and broaden the Bertam River and relocate affected residents to a new site.

“Najib then decided to give immediate aid to revive the affected area,” Palanivel, who is also MIC chief, told reporters after chairing the party’s central working committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

– Bernama

Residents urge authorities to build retaining wall

Malaysiakini

No evacuation call made, says Cameron flood victims

In the wake of the Bertam Valley flash floods in Cameron Highlands, some victims claim that the police did not go door-to-door to evacuate residents.

They say this is important, because warning sirens alerting of a water release from the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam are a common and largely harmless occurrence and the locals say they have become desensitised to it.

“We had this experience before in 1988, where the police and Rela (People’s Volunteer Corps) went door-to-door to tell us to evacuate.”

“This time, they definitely didn’t,” said vegetable farmer Khor They Keng, who claims to have suffered losses in excess of RM200,000 when flood waters swept over her farm.

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She was speaking to Malaysiakini today about the disaster in the early hours of yesterday morning, showing the damage to her farm.

Another local resident Wong Yin Yong corroborated Khor’s account, saying the police would normally urge the people to evacuate hours before the water is released, or stay at their own risk.

“It is not like this time. When the siren was on, the water was already here. You must warn the people before you release the water, not release the water with the siren because we are used to it already.

When contacted regarding these revelations, Cameron Highlands police chief Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu denied the allegations and insisted that the police had called for an evacuation.

He said police went around in their patrol cars and used loudspeakers to urge residents to evacuate at about 11.45pm, about 15 minutes before the dam’s gate was first opened.

No evacuation call made, says Cameron flood victims

Free Malaysia Today

TNB must explain Cameron H’lands’ tragedy

Alyaa Azhar | October 24, 2013

An MP points towards a possible negligence on the part of TNB in its failure to monitor the dam’s water level timely; thus leading to the mishap.

KUALA LUMPUR: Raub MP Mohamad Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz today urged Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to provide an explanation on circumstances surrounding yesterday’s mud flood at Cameron Highlands which claimed three lives.

Mohamad Ariff said if the company had done monitoring works adequately, it would have noticed the rise in water levels.

“Why was the water level in the dam not monitored? If TNB had monitored the water level, I don’t think it would be necessary for an emergency release to be done,” he said, adding that water levels do not simply rise up in an instant.

Mohamad Ariff stressed that if TNB had monitored the water levels appropriately, the extent of damage on life and property could have been reduced.

“TNB could have warned people in time, reducing harm to life and property. It should have taken steps to reduce the damage,” he said.

“Also, how come the dam’s construction was so fragile, which led to yesterday’s incident?” he asked.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/10/24/tnb-must-explain-cameron-h%E2%80%99lands%E2%80%99-tragedy/

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24 October 2013| last updated at 01:00PM

Cameron mud flood UPDATE: Massive cleaning up underway

AMERON HIGHLANDS: A massive clean-up exercise is underway in Bertam Valley, the site of a mud flood, which claimed two lives yesterday.

Workers and villagers were busy cleaning up the mess left by the flood.

A cut in water supply hampered cleaning works at the 80 affected houses.

There were also occasional power outage.

Malaysiakini

Residents unaware of danger despite hearing siren
2:07PM Oct 24, 2013

Residents at Kampung Bertam Valley in Cameron Highlands claimed they were caught off guard in yesterday’s disaster as they did not think there was anything amiss or unusual when they heard the warning siren at midnight.

Village head Wong Fook Chai told The Star that they heard the siren for about 15 to 20 minutes before water came gushing into the village.

“We were caught off guard. How were we supposed to know? Usually the water release does not overflow the banks of the river,” he told the daily.

However, Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands president R Ramakrishnan said Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) had given ample warning for residents to evacuate.

“They blasted the siren for half an hour before releasing water from the dam,” he was quoted saying in the daily.

Meanwhile, according to the New Straits Times, district police chief DSP Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said police were informed by TNB of the warning, and those who lived near the dam were asked to evacuate.

Residents unaware of danger despite hearing siren

Malaysiakini

MP: Why wasn’t Cameron dam water level monitored?

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) needs to explain why the water level at the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam in Cameron Highlands was not consistently monitored to the extent that an emergency release had to done, an MP said.

DAP’s Raub MP Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz said that this is because water levels do not “rise in an instant”.

“TNB says procedures were met, but why wasn’t there monitoring action done so that there would be time to warn the people?

“The water valve had to be opened to manage the water flow without informing the people and taking steps to reduce harm to property,” he said.

As such, Mohd Ariff has submitted an application to the speaker for an emergency motion to debate the matter in the Dewan Rakyat.

MP: Why wasn’t Cameron dam water level monitored?

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WE SHALL WAIT AND SEE IF THIS GOVERNMENT WILL KEEP ITS PROMISES.

The Sun daily

Cameron Highlands’ flash flood victims to get new houses

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 23, 2013): The government will build houses for families affected by the flash flood at Bertam Valley, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said.

He said the victims are being temporarily housed in community halls in the area.

“We have to find land and build houses for about 15 families. They are badly affected and are living in the community halls.

Cameron Highlands’ flash flood victims to get new houses

The Sun daily

Search for flood victim called off due to bad weather

CAMERON HIGHLANDS (Oct 23, 2013): A search and rescue (SAR) operation for an Indonesian woman, believed to have been swept away by strong currents at the Bertam River in Ringlet here today, was called off at 6pm due to bad weather.

Cameron Highlands police chief DSP Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said the operation to locate the victim, identified only as Jarwati, would resume tomorrow at 8am.

He said the police, together with the Cameron Highlands Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Department and Malaysian Armed Forces would expand the area of search at the river.

He added that Jarwati, 24, was believed to have been swept away by strong currents at 2am.

Cameron Highlands’ flash flood victims to get new houses

The Sun daily

Another flood victim in Cameron Highlands dies

CAMERON HIGHLANDS (Oct 23, 2013): Another victim died in a flash flood early this morning after the Bertam River burst its banks when water was released from the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam in Ringlet here.

Cameron Highlands police chief DSP Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said Tan Tuck Choi, 51, suffered a heart attack and died en route to the Sultanah Kalsom Hospital here.

His death brings to three the number of those who perished in the flood. The other two deceased were identified as Bangladeshi national Jahanjir, in his 30s, and an Indonesian woman, Kesmat, 46, who drowned in the incident. Jahanjir’s body was found in a house while Kesmat’s was located under a collapsed unit.

Mohd Zahari said another victim reported missing and purportedly swept off by strong currents was identified as an Indonesian national, Jarwati, 17. He said local resident Ho Kim Way, 38, who sustained head and body injuries was warded at the hospital.

Another flood victim in Cameron Highlands dies

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Three dead after Cameron Highlands dam gate opened

Two foreigners and a Malaysian Chinese have died while one foreigner is missing after a gate at the Cameron Highlands hydro-electric dam was manually opened early this morning.

According to Cameron Highlands Fire and Rescue Services Department chief Yusri Abdullah Sani, the department was alerted on the casualties at about 1.38am.

“A total of 28 personnel are involved in the search-and rescue operation. So far we have recovered two bodies – a Bangladeshi male, and an Indonesian female. An Indonesian woman is reported missing,” he said.

“A siren at the Sultan Abu Bakar dam in Ringlet was sounded about midnight to alert residents that water would be released,” he said when contacted.

“The first gate was lifted by four inches 20 minutes after the siren was sounded. Those at the dam then released more water from the first gate at 1am, followed by full release at 2.43am.”

Yusri said the dam officials had to fully open the first gate, for fear that the rising water level would reach the maximum level, which would have led to all four gates being forced open automatically.

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Three dead after Cameron Highlands dam gate opened

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23 October 2013| last updated at 02:02PM

UPDATE: Flash flood kills 2, one missing in Cameron Highlands

Situation at the banks of River Bertam near Ringlet, Cameron Highlands after a flash flood.Read more: UPDATE: Flash flood kills 2, one missing in Cameron Highlands – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-update-font-flash-flood-kills-2-one-missing-in-cameron-highlands-1.382991#ixzz2iWXorFqX

Malaysiakini

100 vehicles, 80 houses swept away by strong currents

About 80 houses on the fringes of the Bertam river, near Cameron Highlands, were swept away by strong currents after water was released from the Sultan Abu Bakar dam, in Ringlet, early this morning.

Two foreign nationals were found drowned in the incident while another is still missing.

Cameron Highlands district police chief Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said the victims were identified as Bangladeshi Jahangir, in his 30s, and an Indonesian woman, Kesmat, 46.

He said the dam water in Ringlet had to be released to prevent the dam from bursting following continuous rain since 7pm yesterday.

Mohd Zahari said about 100 vehicles were also badly damaged in the incident.

“The first release of water at the dam was made at midnight followed by another at 1am and the third at 2.45am, causing water in the Bertam River nearby to suddenly overflow its banks,” he said.

According to him, 20 families in the area were evacuated to the Ringlet community hall.

“The bodies of the two victims were sent to Sultanah Kalsom Hospital in Cameron Highlands,” he said.

Mohd Zahari said following information received on the incident, a search and rescue operation was carried out as early as 7.30am today, with 243 rescue personnel involved in the operation.

– Bernama

100 vehicles, 80 houses swept away by strong currents

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  3. Stephanie says:

    This is actually a warning to the authority but I dont think they realize. The BN chronies just keep selling the lands and let the farmers exploit with no law. This is like cutting a piece of skin from our body. We must do something before a major disaster happens.

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