Bandar Kuching MP meets MBKS mayor, gets down to work

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING, May 28: A delegation from Democratic Action Party (DAP) led by Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching Dr Kelvin Yii paid a courtesy call on Mayor Datuk James Chan Khay Syn and his officers of Majlis Bandaraya Kuching Selatan(MBKS) at the latter’s office at Padungan.

According to a press statement, different issues were discussed especially on the relationship between both the federal government and the local council (MBKS), and how they could work better together for the good of the people of Kuching specifically.

Various critical areas requiring urgent attention including the issues of flash flood and inadequate drainage in different areas around Kuching were also identified.

These areas include Jalan Penyau, Foochow Road, Jalan Kumpang, Jalan Laksamana, Taman Bong Chin, off Rock Road, Jalan Mendu and many others in the vicinity of Kuching city. Many residents in these areas have faced flash floods for many years, but yet until now there has not been much of an effective solution even after all these years.

Dr Yii pointed out there will be greater need for better cooperation between the relevant agencies including the local council, Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and also the Public Works Department (JKR) to address this chronic issue.

“A proper drainage masterplan must be carried out by the relevant authorities to cater for not just the current need but also for future developments in the city.

“We will also do our part on the platform that we have to make sure the rightful allocations to address such problems are obtained and properly used and benefit the people directly,” said Dr Yii.

He also raised up other complaints by the public including the request by some vendors in Kenyalang Wet Market to install more ceiling fans for the comfort and convenience of the hawkers and also visitors to the market.

He also highlighted the need for urgent repairs to address the leaking roof of the Sungai Apong Wet Market that has affected the business of the vendors there and also put them in danger especially as leaks could potentially damage the electrical appliances and plugs in the area. There are also complaints that the market’s cleanliness and hygiene is not properly taken care of by the contractor engaged by MBKS, which the council has agreed to look into.

“We are looking forward to greater cooperation and working together professionally with the different departments including the local council to make sure issues that have been plaguing the residents of Bandar Kuching are addressed properly and the rightful allocations are being used responsibly to directly benefit the people,” said Dr Yii. — DayakDaily