Oh said over-developing of hill slopes had caused landslides and flash floods, giving residents plenty of sleepless nights.
Some areas in Penang were covered with mud water after a morning downpour few days ago. They included Bukit Gambir, Sungai Dua, Paya Terubong and Relau.
In a statement, Oh said the unit should comprise members from the public and opposition parties and be headed by Tanjung Bungah Assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu since Teh is fond of environmental work.
Oh quipped that the state government’s motto “Cleaner Greener Penang” has become irrelevant. “It is an irony when the state government is incapable of controlling the illegal hill slope development.”
Oh reiterated that Gerakan is not against development. “But we are seeing too many hill slopes being cleared, causing our environment to lose the greenery. To compound matters, some of these developments are not properly monitored by the state government.”
The state government, he said, should have a mechanism in place to monitor such developments and order a stop work when the developer is unable to ensure safety.
Oh said he has been receiving many complaints from foothill residents, fearing of flash floods and landslides every time it rains. “If the state government is incompetent in handling such matters, how are they going to make Penang an international city?” Oh added.