Media Statement by Chiew Chin Sing, Chairman DAP Bintulu Branch,DAP Sarawak Deputy Chairman and Sarawak State Assemblyman for Kidurong on 8th October, 2009:
Sarawak State Assemblyman for Kidurong Chiew Chin Sing call on the BN government to look seriously into the flooding at the housing estates along the Tanjung Batu road and to solve the flooding problem once and for all of these flood prone areas which get flooded often after each heavier rain.
These areas are the housing estate beside the Everly Hotel, Sunga Garden, Taman Ria, Taman Emas, Taman Seaview, Taman Lucky Tower, Taman Jabai and the traffic police station in Town.
Chiew said that it had been many years that these areas were flooded after heavier rain. It is high time that the government should solve the problem immediately. Empathize with the people living there, there is no need to let them further suffer the pain and sorrow of the flood and face losses as well ever again.
Chiew said that the people had brought the matter to him and told him that they are worried each time when heavy rain falls. They are afraid that their houses may get flooded and sometimes they have to stay up the whole night just to keep an eye on the water level.
Chiew also said that in about 2 months’ time, the year end raining season will be here, there is going to be so much rain then. The heavy rain night before should be a wake up call to the government that the folks staying in the above mentioned housing estates face flooding whenever there is heavy rain. As the images of last year flooding in these areas due to heavy rain and a dysfunction dyke is still vivid, there is no reason that the government want to see the people there suffer once again this year. In fact I have already brought up the matter up in the May State Legislative Council meeting.
I hope that the government can listen to the problems of the people and not sweep them under the carpet and let the people suffer. That government must not drag its feet any longer as if they cannot hear what the people are saying. The government may find out the crux of the flooding problem at Tanjung Batu and solve it immediately. There is no reason that after several main big monsoon drains were built yet flooding still persisted. It is also important that the dyke be upgraded to break the wave so as to give the people living at Tanjung Batu a peaceful and safe surrounding to live in.
Chiew Chin Sing.