Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ampang Look Out Point to be closed permanently


OUT OF BOUNDS: The area where the tourist attraction is located is unsafe for any activities due to its unstable earth structure

KAJANG: TOURISM brochures and road signages pointing to the direction of what used to be a tourist attraction that offered the best view of Kuala Lumpur's skyline -- Look Out Point -- will soon be removed as it has been announced that the place will be  closed to visitors.

The permanent closure was announced by the Selangor state government following a slope study that was done by Malaysian Public Works Institute (Ikram).

Studies have concluded that the entire area where the Look Out Point is located is unsafe due to its unstable earth structure.

The studies by Ikram were carried out in two phases.

The first phase, which involved geo-technical and site inspection, commenced from mid-November last year till February this year.

The second phase continued from mid-February till April this year which focused on detailed design works and the preparation of tender documents.

Ikram had concluded that the area including where Look Out Point is located was no longer suited for any activities as there were soil movements.

Selangor state executive councillor for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment Elizabeth Wong, at the recent Selangor State Legislative Assembly, said this in reply to the question raised by Lembah Jaya assemblyman Khasim Abdul Aziz.

Khasim had asked whether Look Out Point would be reopened and what safety precautions had been taken for the building which was deemed hazardous.

Streets paid a visit to the Look Out Point and found that the area was deserted and some areas covered in thick undergrowth.

The entrance gate to the Look Out Point was locked and barriers placed to prevent people from going into the area.

There were also mounds of sand placed at the fringes of the area to prevent people from driving into its parking area.

A row of shops, which used to house restaurants such as Ikan Bakar Patin Pahang and Samudra D' Menara Tinjau, had their shutters down and looked abandoned.

Meanwhile, Kajang Municipal Council public relations officer Kamarul Izlan Sulaiman told Streets that they have been monitoring the site.

"Our enforcement officers visit the area regularly to ensure that everything is in order and to keep thieves and trespassers at bay," he said.

To the question of whether the structures at the area will be torn down, Kamarul Izlan said the council was waiting for instructions from the state government for the next course of action.

The studies by Ikram were carried out in two phases.

The first phase, which involved geo-technical and site inspection, commenced from mid-November last year till February this year.

The second phase continued from mid-February till April this year which focused on detailed design works and the preparation of tender documents.

Ikram had concluded that the area including where Look Out Point is located was no longer suited for any activities as there were soil movements.

Selangor state executive councillor for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment Elizabeth Wong, at the recent Selangor State Legislative Assembly, said this in reply to the question raised by Lembah Jaya assemblyman Khasim Abdul Aziz.

Khasim had asked whether Look Out Point would be reopened and what safety precautions had been taken for the building which was deemed hazardous.

Streets paid a visit to the Look Out Point and found that the area was deserted and some areas covered in thick undergrowth.

The entrance gate to the Look Out Point was locked and barriers placed to prevent people from going into the area.

There were also mounds of sand placed at the fringes of the area to prevent people from driving into its parking area.

A row of shops, which used to house restaurants such as Ikan Bakar Patin Pahang and Samudra D' Menara Tinjau, had their shutters down and looked abandoned.

Meanwhile, Kajang Municipal Council public relations officer Kamarul Izlan Sulaiman told Streets that they have been monitoring the site.

"Our enforcement officers visit the area regularly to ensure that everything is in order and to keep thieves and trespassers at bay," he said.

To the question of whether the structures at the area will be torn down, Kamarul Izlan said the council was waiting for instructions from the state government for the next course of action.

*Taken from NST Online
*Photo taken from http://www.myholidayinmalaysia.com

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