Local authorities told to address poor drainage and road issues

By Emma Victoria

KUCHING South City Council (MBKS) has been urged to look into the deplorable condition of the drainage system around the Pending industrial estate.

Julian Tan, the Special Assistant to Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen, said flash floods have become a frequent occurrence in this area even with a quick downpour due to the deplorable condition of the drainage system, which is long overdue for maintenance.

He said the Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong Wui Wui will raise the issue during the Sarawak state assembly sitting next week, to seek an answer on upgrading the decades-old drainage system in the said industrial estate.

For instance, the drainage along Jalan Kilang, was filled with sediments and debris, which caused a flash flood during rainy days and the stagnant water also became a potential breeding site for disease vectors.

“The blocked drainage obstructed the rainwater from flowing away quickly and efficiently while rising floodwater is a paramount concern for warehouse operators in the area. It can potentially damage the goods stored inside the warehouse and incur business losses,” he said in a statement.

He said with the year-end rainy season starting, MBKS and the relevant authorities should look into the matter with utmost urgency to ensure smooth business operations.

“The magnitude of rain we experienced yesterday is already causing much distress to some business operators. That’s only the start of the monsoon season. The level of rainfall is expected to increase in the coming months,” he said.

Tan said both the authorities and the public should work closely. The public needs to play its role by stop dumping their garbage, especially industrial waste, into drains while the related authorities should play their roles to prevent massive flash floods due to clogged drains and also enforce the law on illegal dumping of industrial waste.

Meanwhile, Leslie Ting, the Special Assistant to Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii, urged the Kota Samarahan Municipal Council to take action to repair the road along Taman Stakan Jaya.

He said several parts of the road surface were damaged, posing a danger to road users and residents in the area.

“The situation worsens during rainy days, hence, we urged the council to act immediately as they should provide effective and quality services to the tax payers,” he added.