Published: Monday December 31, 2012 MYT 1:54:00 PM
Updated: Monday December 31, 2012 MYT 3:51:35 PM
Demolition work begins at Bukit Setiawangsa
By NICHOLAS CHENG
KUALA LUMPUR: Demolition work has begun at house No.39 on the edge of the collapsed retaining wall in Bukit Setiawangsa.
Sentul deputy OCPD Supt Othman Abu Bakar told reporters that works began at 10am Monday and is being overseen by the developer I&P Group Sdn Bhd.
"A crane has been brought onto the site and the demolition will be done slowly starting from the roof down," Othman said.
He added that a tarpaulin could only be used on the critical cracks once demolitions are complete.
He said the other seven bungalows nearby were still classified as unsafe and still at risk for demolition if investigations by the Public Works Department deem it necessary.
"Soil movement is still being detected by authorities and any demolition works would take several days to complete as to minimize risk of further collapse," he said.
On the security of the other 58 terrace houses and 13 shoplots that were evacuated, Othman said police, Rela and JPAM personnel were performing frequent patrols to ensure no looting occured.
"The number of residents that have been evacuated is now 283," he said.
Meanwhile, Ikram chief operating officer Mohd Taufik Harun told reporters that there was a "high probability" that the houses of Setiawangsa MP Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique and Rompin MP Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis may have to be demolished as well.
"Nothing is confirmed yet but it is very likely that the developer will have to demolish the other two houses as well.
"We are thinking of the safety of the other four bungalows above and the other evacuated houses below the embankment.
"However demolition works must be done slowly as there is no buffer zone between the slopes and the houses in danger," he said.