Slammed for shifting blame on floods
GEORGE TOWN: The Barisan Nasional (BN) yesterday slammed the DAP-led Penang government for allegedly shifting blame over the issue of floods in the state.
Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the state government had administered the state for eight years but had done nothing to tackle the problem.
“The floods in the state are getting worse, and the state administration put the blame on the federal government and the state Drainage and Irrigation Department,” he said at a press conference here.
On Deepavali on Oct 29, the George Town city centre and other parts of the state, including Bandar Baru Air Itam, saw floodwaters rise waist high.
On Nov 7, again the city centre and several other locations as well as eight villages in Teluk Bahang were flooded. There was also a landslide and a road collapse in Teluk Bahang, causing the township to be cut off from the city centre.
Teng said the recurring floods were not only due to the delay in the implementation of the Sungai Pinang flood mitigation project but also over-development and opening up of land.
“We can see that the floods are not the colour of rain but mud, which means somewhere there is land opening and clearing,” he said.
Teng also slammed the state government for not being grateful over the RM150 million allocation for the Sungai Pinang flood mitigation project provided for in the 2017 Budget.