Thursday January 3, 2013
Bukit Setiawangsa folk want to stay put due to abundance of facilities
KUALA LUMPUR: Residents staying around Bukit Setiawangsa want to stay put although it is perceived to be a landslide-prone area, all because of the abundance of facilities available.
Bukit Setiawangsa, home to the upper middle class, is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods in Setiawangsa.
A resident, Johnathan Lau, said: “To be honest, it is not a major concern for me. I think my home near a hill is free from danger as the landslide affects only a certain number of bungalows situated close to the retaining wall.
“Besides, landslides are extremely rare in Setiawangsa,” said the 42-year-old accountant.
Landslides are unheard of in the area as the recent one was the first ever since 1987 when the area was first occupied.
Many agreed that Setiawangsa is the ideal place to stay as it offers access to many facilities, including a school, LRT station, rows of shoplots and beautiful community parks.
“I can easily stock up on groceries as the shops are placed at strategic locations around here. I travel to work using the LRT every day as it saves time and money,” said 30-year-old executive Noorazreen Idayu Kamarozzamah, who moved into the area two years ago.
Resident Lee Ching Seng, 35, said he had no intention to move as he grew up in the area.
Meanwhile, about 80% of the demolition work has been carried out on a badly-damaged bungalow in Puncak Setiawangsa.
Public Works Institute of Malaysia chief operating officer Mohd Taufik Haron said: “We have not set any deadline for the complete demolition of the bungalow. It depends on several factors like weather and earth movement.”