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Dec 13, 2008

Bukit Antarabangsa Hillside Developers Should Learn from Orang Asli

Last week, when I was on the way to Cameron Highland from my hometown (Tapah). I saw a lot of houses built by Orang Asli in the hillsides. When I asked a resident of the Kampung Orang Asli, he said that the houses were built more than a century. He also explained that the base of the houses are very strong, even the movement of earth can't make the houses collapse. Some of the houses built more than 45 degrees gradient on the hillsides. The resident even said that he never heard any of the house destroyed by nature or because of the housing developments of Orang Asli which carry by themselves.

He said that Orang Asli will first choose proper and suitable sides before start building their houses. The soil which with water flow inside not suitable for building houses. And the next step is the base of the houses must strong to face movements inside the earth. The Bukit Antarabangsa developers may learn from the orang Asli on how to build house in the hillsides. I don't know how the developers choosed the Bukit Antarabangsa Hillside to start the housing projects? The approval of the project done blindly without proper supervisions. May be corruption exist here. Who knows?

Orang Asli have more qualification than the engineers experts and developers of Bukit Antarabangsa. The pictures below I taken along my journey to Cameron Highland:











Pictures from Bukit Antarabangsa:








4 comments:

telur dua said...

It is not the engineering that is at fault in Bukit Antarabangsa.

The fault lies with compromise.

Anonymous said...

The truth is, hillside is suitable for Orang Asli type of houses only. Even if you go into the interior Malay villages, houses are built at the hillside but mostly wooden houses not concrete houses as at Bukit Antarabangsa.
Logically, the materials use to build houses by the Orang Asli and those in the Malay villages are environmental friendly. The layout and the system built and all other amenities does not alter the surrounding and traditionally remain as God created. Point to ponder.

vasantarao appalasamy said...

yes telur dua..
you are true indeed....

Dear Anonymous,
even small boy know your point... anyway thanks for the comment!

OO said...

Good observation ! Orang Asli built homes on sloped all the time, but they do it in moderation and spaced wide apart. The ones in KL is like bee hives clinging on cliffs. It's accident waiting to happen.