Telang Usan rep, village headman dismiss claims Kg Kuala Tutoh running out of cooking gas, food

Cooking gas cylinders stocked at Kampung Kuala Tutoh's canteen.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Dec 16: Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau today described a news report claiming several residents in Kampung Kuala Tutoh have run out of gas cooking due to floods as exaggeration.

“The news is exaggerating and from what I see prone to sensationalise the flood situation, especially in Baram area,” he opined.

Dennis was contacted today for his comments on a news report by a national English Daily today claiming villagers from Kampung Kuala Tutoh could not cook because they have run out of cooking gas following a flood.

“I was surprised by the news release as there are no such reports received of villages completely cut off from other areas since day one of this round of flooding,” he pointed out.

Dennis added that he has been continuously monitoring the situation and not only communicating with the Telang Usan flood command centre under the Telang Usan District Office but going to the ground to personally check on the situation.

“Various personnel from government agencies proactively make visits to longhouses affected in my constituency, including sending assistance (in the form) of basic needs.

“I am very happy with my longhouse community leaders and members of the longhouse development and security committees (JKKKs) for doing a good job in monitoring and reporting the flood situation to me and the command centre,” he added.

Meanwhile, Kampung Kuala Tutoh chieftain, Ben Wak, disclosed that no such things happened in his village as alleged in the news release.

“I was surprised. How come they can write something like that? They did not even go to the ground (to Kampung Kuala Tutoh),” said Ben.

He revealed that over the past few days, the village was flooded following persistent rain, but their food and cooking gas supplies are more than sufficient.

“We received adequate flood relief from the Welfare Department throughout the period (of flood). The news release is definately wrong information,” he said. — DayakDaily