Slammed for shift­ing blame on floods

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

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