More govt fund­ing needed to counter Miri flash floods

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Ce­cilia Sman re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

MIRI: This city needs more gov­ern­ment al­lo­ca­tions to en­hance and re­in­force its drainage as part of the long-term mea­sures to pre­vent flash floods.

Ac­cord­ing to Eric Chin, the spe­cial as­sis­tant to As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, those liv­ing in low-ly­ing ar­eas across the Se­nadin con­stituency – where Lee is the as­sem­bly­man – have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing flash floods, which get more fre­quent dur­ing the rainy sea­son.

In this re­gard, Miri city would def­i­nitely need more funds from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, so that Miri City Coun­cil (MCC) and the DID (Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment) could build storm drains and run reg­u­lar main­te­nance works. Eric Chin, the spe­cial as­sis­tant to As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture

“Over the past sev­eral days, flash floods have hit the link road be­tween Tu­dan Phase 5 and Lu­tong Baru Light In­dus­trial Es­tate, and also Desa Se­nadin Light In­dus­trial Es­tate.

“In this re­gard, Miri city would def­i­nitely need more funds from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, so that Miri City Coun­cil ( MCC) and the DID ( Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment) could build storm drains and run reg­u­lar main­te­nance works,” Chin told re­porters dur­ing an in­spec­tion on two flash flood-prone ar­eas here yes­ter­day.

He was ac­com­pa­nied by the divi­sional DID en­gi­neer Iwan Halmi, lo­cal Chi­nese com­mu­nity lead­ers Kap­i­tan Ngieng Hok Di­ing and Kap­i­tan Chong Ah Muk, and sev­eral Sarawak United Peo­ples’ Party (SUPP) mem­bers from the Se­nadin branch.

Chin, who is also SUPP Se­nadin pub­lic­ity chief, ex­pressed his hope for MCC and DID to look into im­me­di­ate re­me­dial mea­sures to ad­dress the prob­lem, in­clud­ing iden­ti­fy­ing block­age in drains and nearby streams.

“At the same time, these agen­cies should also bid for more funds from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.”

In his re­marks, Iwan said he would bring the mat­ter to the at­ten­tion of his su­pe­ri­ors, dis­clos­ing that for now the state DID has no funds to per­form main­te­nance works.

Chin (sec­ond left) and oth­ers in­spect a flash flood-prone sec­tion of the link road be­tween Tu­dan Phase 5 and Lu­tong Baru Light In­dus­trial Es­tate. It is learnt that this stretch was im­pass­able to ve­hi­cles a few days ago due to flash flood.

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