‘Review ongoing flood mitigation project’
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.