Fear of ero­sion gives fam­ily sleep­less nights

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

MIRI: A fam­ily of four stay­ing at Lot 629, Jalan Hill­stone 1A, Lopeng here are hav­ing sleep­less nights es­pe­cially when it rains as they fear their whole house may col­lapse due to ero­sion.

They are ap­peal­ing to the au­thor­i­ties par­tic­u­larly Miri City Coun­cil ( MCC) to as­sist them in di­vert­ing the storm drain next to their house and build re­tain­ing walls to pre­vent fur­ther ero­sion and dam­age to the house.

Ac­cord­ing to Wong Hee Min, her hus­band Ling Swee Chai who works as a taxi driver, had sought help from MCC since 2016 and an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive re­cently but no help was forth­com­ing.

“In Fe­bru­ary this year our fenc­ing at the back lane had col­lapsed and our sep­tic tank too had been dam­aged and we fear the worst might hap­pen.

“We have also in­formed the coun­cil about the in­ci­dent. We

In Fe­bru­ary this year our fenc­ing at the back lane had col­lapsed and our sep­tic tank too had been dam­aged and we fear the worst might hap­pen. Wong Hee Min

re­ally need ur­gent help. We can­not af­ford to do ma­jor re­pair works as the cost is quite high and that it why to­day ( yes­ter­day) we asked Pu­jut assem­bly­man, Dr Ting Tiong Choon to visit our house, al­though only our two sons were there to meet them as we both were work­ing,” said Wong when con­tacted.

Dr Ting who came with Alan Ling ( Sarawak DAP sec­re­tary gen­eral) and DAP Pi­asau deputy chair­man, Peter Hee Leh Keng urged the coun­cil to act speed­ily as the lives of the res­i­dents and their prop­erty are at stake.

“Speedy re­me­dial ac­tion needs to be taken by the coun­cil es­pe­cially in re­pair­ing the drain and re­tain­ing walls to pre­vent fur­ther ero­sion.

“MCC should tell the house owner whether the coun­cil can or can­not take the re­me­dial mea­sures rather than keep­ing them wait­ing for so long even af­ter be­ing in­formed in Fe­bru­ary this year that the fence had col­lapsed and sep­tic tank dam­aged,” said Ting.

Alan Ling who is also DAP Pi­asau chair­man, mean­while also called on the city coun­cil to dis­charge their du­ties fairly.

“MCC should treat all rate pay­ers in­clud­ing this fam­ily equally. Let’s not have dou­ble stan­dard as this in­volves lives and prop­er­ties. We are giv­ing the coun­cil time to act to solve this prob­lem,” said Ling.

Alan Ling (left) with Wil­liam Ling look­ing at the eroded sec­tion of the back lane.

(From left) Dr Ting, Hee and Alan Ling with Wil­iam Ling (Wong’s son) view­ing the badly dam­aged sec­tion of the back lane.

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