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KUCHING, Aug 25: Residents of Lucky Drive, (Persiaran Lucky) off Ban Hock Road do not feel “lucky” at all whenever there is a heavy downpour.
According to Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei, the residents of Lucky Drive have been suffering from flash flood for decades due to the poor drain design.
He was told by the residents that whenever it rained heavily, the rain water flooded their houses, the living room in particular, causing damage to the furniture.
The residents had made several complaints to Kuching South City Hall (MBKS) in the hope that action would be taken to address the issue.
When the initial complaints were lodged, MBKS officers and SUPP leaders made some efforts to visit the affected site, but no actual action had been taken after several years, claimed Wong.
As such, the DAP lawmaker’s service centre tried to help by bringing the issue up to MBKS. The most recent complaint was lodged on Dec 24 last year.
Wong said MBKS promised to consider upgrading the drainage system provided there was sufficient fund.
Since no action was taken, Wong decided to make use of federal allocation to upgrade the drainage system which he stressed was the duty of MBKS.
Albeit his willing to assist, Wong felt that it was “impossible” that the city council had no fund for the mere 48-meter long drain.
“Where has the collected assessment fee gone to?” he wondered.
He thus called for local council elections to be reinstated in Sarawak as he held that MBKS mayor and councillors had not been addressing the plight of the people because “they were not elected by the people”.
“Due to the failure of performance of duty by MBKS, I will do it by using the federal fund entrusted to me to carry out the drainage upgrading project for residents of Lucky Drive,” he added. — DayakDaily