A landslide at the construction site of The Hub along Jalan Harapan, SS2 was recorded at the 'perfect time' in a short 27-second video
While the incident reportedly happened in the afternoon on Friday, 26 December, the video continues to circulate on WhatsApp four days later
What could have caused the retaining wall to collapse?
Continuous rainfall could have caused a pressure build-up against the retaining wall, causing the wall to collapse.
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The video was recorded from a condominium of the same developer, overlooking the site
The Hub is located a stone's throw from Ameera Residences and Five Stones condominium, both prestigious developments by SDB Properties.
A month ago on 25 November, a member of the PropertyWTF forum posted an image of another accident at The Hub's site where a toppled crane and collapsed platform were seen
The Hub, scheduled to complete in 2018, is a commercial development by SDB Properties on a 2.5 acre plot of land near SSTwo Mall
This development consists of a 44-storey tower and 13 blocks of 4-storey shop offices, featuring extensive facilities including a rooftop swimming pool, gymnasium and a garden lounge. The signature office suites have built ups ranging from 514 sf – 1,313 sf over one or two storeys, whereas the retail offices have built ups of 6,965 sf, 7,115 sf & 7,771 sf. In terms of price at launch, the signature office suites start from RM555,800, whereas the retail offices start from RM6,602,800.propwall.my
SDB Properties is a subsidiary of Selangor Dredging Berhad. They've won numerous awards for flagships projects in KL and Singapore.
Established in 1962 by the late Mr Teh Kien Toh, Selangor Dredging Berhad's family legacy continues under the leadership of his daughter, Managing Director Ms Teh Lip Kim. Following the company's reinvention as a boutique property developer in 2004, its portfolio of projects has earned it numerous accolades, including the PAM Awards for Excellence in Architecture in 2007, 2010 and 2011, the FIABCI Malaysia Property Awards 2009, the SIA Architectural Design Awards 2010, the Asia-Pacific Property Awards 2010 and 2011 and the FIABCI Prix D'Excellence Awards in 2010.iproperty.com.my
SDB posted a net profit of RM62.17 million in its financial year ended March 31 2014, compared to the RM48 million it achieved a year ago. “This year, we achieved RM377.2 million in turnover and RM62 million in net profit. This has been the highest we have achieved in five to 10 years,” said Teh (SDB managing director). The group achieved new sales of RM840 million, of which RM634 million were derived from developments in Malaysia and Singapore.nst.com.my
Back to that video of the collapsing wall, should we be worried about landslides and flooding in the West Coast? Well, it depends where you are in the west.
On 26 December, Dr. Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip, senior meteorological officer, said states in the west coast were expected to experience flash floods due to the short periods of rain there. He said the forecast was based on the movement of the prevailing North-East Monsoon, as per a Bernama report.
The Meteorological Department has predicted heavier rainfall is expected over Perlis, Kedah, north Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, and Johor. Penang and Malacca are the only states in the peninsula that have not been affected by the monsoon.
As for residents of SS2 and Selangor, the Malaysian Meteorological Department forecasts 'no rain' and isolated thunderstorms for the next six days: