Relief for Taman Mei Lee residents as quarry ceases operations this month

Chong Chieng Jen – FMT pix

By John Isaac

FINALLY, residents staying Taman Mei Lee near 7th Mile Bazaar Kuching can enjoy a peace of mind.

Following years of protests and petitions to the State Government to stop the quarry operations nearby – today, in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah finally gave a clear answer to their request.

Over the years, this matter had been raised many times both in the State Assembly and the Federal Parliament, but as the matter lies within the jurisdiction of the State Government, it could only be pursued at the State level.

However, according to Sarawak DAP chairman, Chong Chieng Jen, for years, there was no action by the State Government on the quarry operations.

“On Nov 11, 2020, while debating the 2021 Sarawak State Budget, I raised the concerns of the residents about the quarry operations near their housing estate.

“The constant blasting from the quarry that sent shocks and vibrations to their houses and the ultimate worry that such blasting may weaken the strata stability of the quarry walls, thus possibly causing massive landslide in the area,” he said.

Map of the affected area

In reply, Awang Tengah stated in the State Assembly today that, in 2017, the Government has commissioned a study on the integrity of the quarry wall and found that to be intact.

He further said that the Government will not renew the quarry operation after the expiry of the quarry licence on Nov 29, 2020.

“After years of anxiety, finally the resident can see light of the day and be able to live their daily lives without the constant blasting and fear of damage to their houses caused by the blasting Nov 29,” added Chong, who is also the Kota Sentosa Assemblyman.