Aspirasi slams gov’t for failing to address flooding woes effectively

Lina Soo (file pic)

KUCHING, Feb 19: Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) is frustrated with the ruling parties of Sarawak government for failing to solve the perennial problem of flooding and roads that caved in after a torrential downpour.

Its president Lina Soo pointed out that people have to face the same problem year in year out when heavy rains come, but there should be no excuse for any government in failing to solve a recurrent structural problem which should not be dismissed as a natural disaster.

“Flood mitigation solutions had been announced from BN (Barisan Nasional) times, yet up to today one night of rain can bring flooding problems to homes and road travellers, of which the misery exacerbates when there is king tide.

“What has become of the highly publicised flood mitigation schemes, and what has become of the Adun’s (State Legislative Assembly members) RM5 million or RM10 million yearly allocation which can be utilised for constituents’ needs?,” she questioned in a statement today.

Soo further questioned if the annual allocations have gone up in smoke to deliver the “blue tanks” and now “brown tanks” to the people.

“Are these plastic tanks multi-purpose, to serve the purpose of staying afloat, or even to catch the crocodiles which may come floating in during floods?”

Soo also demanded answers as to whether the Sarawak government was working on solutions to prevent flooding in towns and roads in future.

“While I am no engineer, can drainage canals be made deeper, if they cannot be made wider, to carry the outflow of water faster?

“What happened to all those grand schemes for flood mitigation from years back which don’t seem to have materialised,” she criticised.

She stressed that the people were fed-up of having to face flooding problems, and did not want to be told to vote to return the same administration to power for progress and development when there was hardly any. — DayakDaily