Sarawak DAP launches initiative to aid flash flood victims, calls for compensation from Sarawak govt

(From left) Sim Kiat Leng, Kong, Soo Tien Ren, and George Lam holding up the ‘Flood Victims Assistance’ poster in a group photo at DAP Sarawak HQ on March 6, 2024.

By Marlynda Meraw

KUCHING, March 6: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak is launching an exercise from March 11 to 17 to compile a list of flash flood victims and the extent of their losses to push for immediate compensation from the Sarawak government.

Michael Kong, special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, said Kuching has recently been experiencing devastating flash floods, highlighting that this is not an isolated incident as there have been occurrences of flash floods for the past three years.


He said that while the Federal government through the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) has played their part in aiding flash flood victims, the Sarawak government must also step up to assist.

“The Sarawak government should compensate flood victims immediately so that they can return to normal life as soon as possible.

“While the Federal government, through NADMA, has stepped into providing financial assistance to those relocated to relief centres, there are many others who have suffered financial losses.

“Given that flood mitigation falls under the concurrent list in the Federal Constitution, the Sarawak government must also step up to assist these victims,” said Kong at a press conference at Sarawak DAP headquarters here today.

The promotional poster for the exercise.

Jordan Soo, also special assistant to Chong, questioned the delayed implementation of the RM150 million Integrated River Basin Development (PLSB) project which could relieve flash flood problems.

Those who wish to submit their application to DAP are reminded to bring important documents such as a photocopy of their MyKad, a list of damaged items attached with photos, and police reports, if any.

The Sarawak DAP headquarters, 7th mile and Batu Kawah service centres will be accepting such applications.

Meanwhile, mobile service counters will also be set up at Dewan Semaba, Kampung Semaba on March 12 (Tuesday) at 4pm and Swee Sen Café, 10 Mile on March 16 (Saturday) at 10am for this exercise. — DayakDaily