By Nigel Edgar
KUCHING, Nov 30: After about three years of complaining to the local government, residents along Lorong 2 in Jalan Datuk Bandar here can now sleep soundly at night as their drainage problems are being sorted out, thanks to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong claimed she had been raising the drainage issues in that area since three years ago with Kuching South City Council (MBKS), but the reply she received every time was “lack of funds”.
She then took matters into her own hands by applying for development funds under her colleague cum Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen and was granted RM50,000 to upgrade the drainage system.
“I can understand the residents’ frustration. According to feedback from the ground, this is the only ‘lorong’ (lane) not upgraded (drainage system), while others already (upgraded),” Yong told a press conference this afternoon.
“I’m glad the project started yesterday, and I have visited the ‘lorong’. The residents are happy with it. This project is being carried out through the District Office because it is a federal development fund. All infrastructure projects by the federal have to go through District Offices. This project should be completed within a month.”
Hence, she rebutted allegations that PH had not been taking care of Sarawak. When the need and urgency arise, she assured that PH would help.
“I’m glad all my efforts in pursuing this matter these few years bore good results. We have notified MBKS and the Ministry of Local Government and Housing about this project, so they are in the know,” said Yong. – DayakDaily