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PKR: Where did the drainage allocations go to?
Published on: Sunday, August 13, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A quick solution is needed to solve the perennial flash floods problem affecting residential and commercial areas here and throughout Sabah after a downpour.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah Chairperson Christina Liew said it was timely for the Public Works Department, Drainage and Irrigation Department and City Hall to look for a long-term solution to the problem.

"It is very disappointing that each time it rains more than an hour or so, city dwellers have to suffer flash floods, with their properties like cars and houses immersed in water.

"What has happened to the millions in ringgit in allocations given by both the State and Federal Government to improve the drainage system in Sabah, including in Kota Kinabalu and Penampang?

"Long-term planning is required as Kota Kinabalu and its surrounding towns are growing fast.

We can't have piece-meal developments," she said, Saturday.

Liew, who is also Api-Api Assemblywoman, was commenting on the flash floods that hit several residential and commercial areas in and around here after a downpour from 2pm on Friday.

It was reported that residential estates like Taman Mesra, Taman Cantek and Phase 11 Luyang, including many cars, were half-submerged in water of between one and three feet high.

"Each time there is heavy rain, the people start to worry about their properties. If our relevant authorities are unable to handle the job, please outsource expertise to resolve the problem on a long-term basis," Liew said.

She said it would better for them to engage drainage consultants or experts to incorporate the drainage system into our big Kota Kinabalu City plan.

"Do not drag on the problem. It will only snowball into a bigger problem if nothing effective is done to control or minimise the flooding." - Hayati Dzulkifli

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