Construction on RM120.5 mln flood mitigation project at Sg Maong Kiri to start in Q2 2025

Penguang speaks during the DUN sitting on Nov 21, 2023. Screenshot taken from a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) livestream on Facebook.

By Shikin Louis

KUCHING, Nov 21: The RM120.5 million flood mitigation project at Sungai Maong Kiri, Kuching, Lembangan Sungai Sarawak is expected to be physically implemented by the second quarter of 2025.

Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil said the project was recently approved by the Sarawak government under the Mid-Term Review of 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) and it is currently at the pre-implementation stage.

“Once started, the project is expected to complete within 24 months,” he said in response to Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How during question time during the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here today.

Penguang further said the project’s work scope includes detailed design, survey works, soil investigation, land acquisition, relocation of utilities (if any), construction/upgrading of drainage system at Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, dredging works and other associated works.

“However, the Sarawak government as a people-centric government will continue to undertake direct in-situ intervention measures such as upgrading of existing and dilapidated drainage systems, shallow waterways and perhaps educate the general public on the proper disposal of waste in order to avoid/minimise clogged drains, and hence help to minimise flash floods/severe flooding especially in the urban areas,” he added. — DayakDaily