THE Sarawak government should allocated more funds to rehabilitate dilapidated drains especially in Kota Sentosa and Batu Kitang to alleviate the perennial flooding problems there, a local activist said.
Michael Kong, the special assistant to state DAP chairman said he welcomed the plea by Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chiang who had called on the state to spend more for flood mitigation.
“This plea confirms my previous statement that the state government has constantly disregarded this basic need which has left the people begging for the proper basic infrastructure that they need,” Kong said in a statement.
He added that many home owners had saved up for years to be able to afford a house in suburban areas like Kota Sentosa but the flooding problems there had only left them disappointed.
Adding that flash floods in Kuching was not new, he said residents along Jalan Luis and Jalan Durian Burung went through anxious moments whenever it rained for hours.
“The state government should put more attention to fix the flooding issues once and for all. Instead of putting money like RM60million for a new complex for the Padawan Muncipal Council, use this much-needed funds on basic infrastructure projects for the people,” he added.
Last month, Kong said a Kapitan in Kuching had told him that there was nothing the state government to do as flooding was a natural disaster.
The unnamed Kapitan allegedly also told flood victims that they should ask DAP representatives to “suck the water out”.
This was told by the Kapitan to Kong during the latter’s walkabout on Feb 19.