Bukit Antarabangsa Tragedy: Residents slam ‘selfish’ politicians

KUALA LUMPUR: Political parties have been criticised for taking advantage of the landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa to promote their cause rather than offering help to the victims.

Taman Bukit Utama operations centre committee member Dr Mohamad Rafick Khan said an emergency centre had been set up at the Taman Bukit Utama Tropicana Villa by the residents from day one of the incident to help identify those in need of assistance.

“We have coordinated our efforts with the various aid agencies to determine those who need medical attention and have them airlifted immediately. But political parties have been putting up banners and trying to claim the credit.

“If they are not going to actively help during this period of crisis, then they should just keep quiet and stand aside.

“When the disaster struck, we had expected the parties to come together and help us, not compete and promote their so-called involvement.”
The landslide killed four and destroyed 14 houses.

Dr Rafick said the operations centre assisted all members of the Bukit Antarabangsa community, regardless of their political affiliations, race or creed.

He said eight housing estates and condominiums in Bukit Antarabangsa were getting together to form a residents’ association.

“A proper association is needed to look into the plight of the residents and to help voice their concerns and ensure the social and environmental safety of the area.

“We want to work closely with the authorities to figure out short- and long-term solutions to the problems that have arisen in the aftermath of the landslide.”

The proposed Bukit Antarabangsa residents’ association will comprise representatives from Taman Bukit Utama, Taman Bukit Utama Tropicana Villa, Puncak Bukit Utama, Taman Bukit Jaya, Kyoto Gardens, Oakleaf Condominiums, Laman Oakleaf and Sinaran Ukay.

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