Lost Paradise allowed to continue ops despite collapsed wall

Lost Paradise allowed to continue ops despite collapsed wall

GEORGETOWN: The Lost Paradise Resort where a retaining wall collapsed and killed four foreign workers has been allowed to continue its operations by Penang Island City Council.

Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang confirmed this and added that the local authorities are still monitoring the site.

The hotel is still in operation, but we are closely monitoring the site so if there are any safety issues, we will take immediate action,” he said.

Both the city council and the Public Works Department are monitoring the site in question.

“This was not a landslide but a collapse of the retaining wall that was illegally built by the resort owner and now, we are conducting mitigation works and investigations into this,” he said during a press conference after an event at SK Sungai Gelugor here.

“We have experts conducting investigations and mitigation works on site and if they propose that the resort shut down operations temporarily, we will issue the notice, this is for the safety of all parties including road users,” he said.

Yew added that efforts are ongoing to ensure the stability and strength of Jalan Batu Ferringhi.

Property and landowners have been reminded to gain approval for any construction or earthworks.

On Tuesday the retaining wall constructed illegally on a slope between the resort and main road collapsed, killing four Myanmar workers.

As a result of the mishap, one lane of Jalan Batu Ferringhi has been closed to traffic to allow mitigation and repair works of about 50 metres of the road.