‘Re­view on­go­ing flood mit­i­ga­tion project’

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SIBU: Sibu MP Os­car Ling yes­ter­day urged Sarawak govern­ment to re­view the on­go­ing RM18 mil­lion flood mit­i­ga­tion project in Kam­pung Je­riah, cit­ing high main­te­nance cost as rea­son to jus­tify the re­view.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence, Ling said the size of the project is quite big for Kam­pung Je­riah which has a rel­a­tively small pop­u­la­tion.

“RM18 mil­lion is a lot of money. I’ve been briefed and un­der­stood that the project in­cludes rais­ing the road by about six feet. Also, some 35 con­crete bridges will have to be con­structed. Con­struc­tion of some bridges can be very costly. It will be a prob­lem,” he added, say­ing that there are bound to be com­plaints.

Re­it­er­at­ing that the project is not vi­able, Ling sug­gested that Sarawak govern­ment re­view it and con­sider re­lo­cat­ing the peo­ple as an op­tion.

“I un­der­stand that Kam­pung Je­riah, Kam­pung Sen­tosa and Kam­pung Ba­ha­gia Jaya are part of govern­ment’s ef­forts to ad­dress the prob­lems of squat­ters and ru­ral-ur­ban mi­gra­tion.But these re­set­tle­ment ar­eas are on peat land which have led to cer­tain prob­lems,” he said, adding that the govern­ment will have to spend heftily to main­tain these places in the fu­ture.

Ling ques­tioned the govern­ment’s choice of these lo­ca­tions to re­set­tle the pop­u­lace and re­it­er­ated his pro­posal of re­lo­cat­ing them.

Lanang MP Alice Lau and Ling’s spe­cial as­sis­tant Amy Lau were also present at the press con­fer­ence.

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