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MPs' houses threatened by landslide

Close call: Jamaluddin posing in front of his house which is next to the collapsed house.

Setiawangsa MP Zulhasnan Rafique and Rompin MP Jamaludin Jarjis's homes in Puncak Setiawangsa has been damaged by a recent landslide.

Yesterday, Jamaludin told a press conference that he was on his way home from work when his wife had informed him that a section of his neighbours house had collapsed.

"My wife said the loud noise came from my neighbour's bungalow. He is a businessman from the Middle East who had been renting the bungalow for several months," he said, according to Bernama.

He said no one was hurt but half the bungalow and swimming pool had collapsed. 

Jamaludin said his family was putting up at a hotel.

He said he bought the bungalow in 1987 and moved in three months ago after completing his term of duty as the Malaysian ambassador to the United States. 

"I thank the police, Fire and Rescue Department, Department of Civil Defence and IKRAM for promptly alerting the residents to the problem, which had prevented a bigger disaster," he said.
88 families to evacuate
According to The Star, Zulhasnan is currently on holiday abroad but he will be cutting his trip short in view of the situation.
Sentul police chief Othman Abu Bakar said the police had instructed 88 families to move out of 30 bungalows, 18 shophouses and 58 two-storey terrace houses to evacuate as it was unsafe.
"All those affected at Jalan Bukit Setiawangsa and Jalan Puncak Setiawangsa 2 have been ordered to leave after the Public Works Institute of Malaysia (IKRAM) confirmed soil movement in the area," he told reporters at the location.

Othman said that so far only 49 residents had registered at the police operations room set up in the area to inform police they were moving out of their homes. 

"We urge those who have not registered to do so to facilitate monitoring while we wait for the result of the IKRAM study to determine the safety in the landslide area," he said. 

Othman said the police had set up a temporary shelter at the Setiawangsa community hall for the affected residents.
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