Dr Sim needs to provide answers on Kuching floodings

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK’s Local Government and Housing Minister has been urged to take responsibility and provide answers for this morning’s flash flood that hit many areas of Kuching.

Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen said Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian should be answerable to the people of Kuching as this was the second flood this year.

“Rapid housing development is not a valid reason for such flooding as in all housing development projects, the developers are required to carry out the construction of proper drainage system before the Occupation Permits for the houses can be approved and issued by the local governments.

“The job of the Minister is, among others, to ensure that there is an effective drainage system for the city. If after so many years of city planning and development and so much taxpayers’ money spent, yet it cannot even cope with one night’s heavy rainfall.

“That speaks volume of a badly done job by the ministry,” he said in a statement.

Chong, who is also Sarawak DAP chief and Stampin MP, also called upon Dr Sim to focus on the job under his ministerial portfolio rather than re-reporting the announcement of the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and his propaganda in Facebook postings.

“There is no need for Dr Sim to do re-reporting when there is so much more under his ministry that needs to be done.”

Meanwhile, former Stampin MP Julian Tan said people affected by the flood wanted an answer on the frequent occurrence of flash floods.

“Where are all the flood mitigation projects that have been promised and talk about for many years? It has become a topic during the election.  It remains just that, a verbal promise with no tangible actions,” he said.

He said Dr Sim needs to step forward and lay down the details to mitigate the flash flood issue, both long term, and short term.

Tan also urged Dr Sim to be transparent and be thorough as voters have the right to know the detailed timeline of all the projects that will help mitigate flash floods, even if it is only on drainage upgrading.