Include KK drainage master plan in 12MP – representatives
KOTA KINABALU: Irrigation and drainage in Sabah are under the supervision of the minister in charge of food and agriculture.
In other states, drainage is normally the responsibility of the minister of state or the exco in charge of infrastructure development.
It also means that flash floods in the city or urban area (nothing to do with agriculture) would similarly end up on the desk of Dr Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan, Sabah’s chief deputy minister who also holds the portfolio of food and agriculture in Cabinet Sabah.
Elected representatives of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) representing the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary constituency, Luyang state constituency and Likas state constituency – Chan Foong Hin, Phoong Jin Zhe and Tan Lee Fatt respectively , took part in a flood mitigation briefing on September 6.
Ir Siraja Bashora, Deputy Director of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Sabah, and Kota Kinabalu-Penampang District Senior Engineer, Ir Irene Choo, explained the intricacies and challenges faced by DID. in its task of alleviating flooding in the greater Kota Kinabalu area.
âThere are different agencies that are responsible for maintaining the different drains and culverts – 1.
small drains – local government (i.e. DBKK, MDPg, etc.); 2. roadside drains – Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR); 3. large drain – DONE. Therefore, to solve the flooding problem, we will have to tackle the root cause, which is
if there is a lack of maintenance (ie clogged drains), or is it a matter of overcapacity (ie the drains are too small) â, stated Chan, Phoong and Tan in a statement Tuesday.
After the briefing and discussion, Phoong and Tan would continue to play the role of opposition, check and balance against the current state administration.
âWe would be monitoring Elements 1 and 2, where the flash floods were caused mainly by a lack of maintenance of the drains, as well as the accumulation of debris and waste in these drains. Much of this debris came from construction sites such as housing construction sites and infrastructure construction sites, including the Pan Borneo Highway.
On the other hand, DAP MP Chan Foong Hin would continue to raise in parliament the issue of the lack of funding for larger-scale flood mitigation projects, in particular to demand that the parties yet to approve under the framework. of the Kota Kinabalu Drainage Master Plan be included in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
Chan noted that even the first phase of the Basin 12 Flood Mitigation Plan, the Lido Flood Mitigation Plan, was dragged on for years before construction began, and the same drag could occur for the RM 850 million Likas dam project proposed by Sabah DID.
The MP said he would continue to lobby parliament to see the Likas dam project see the light of day and be approved as soon as possible.
âAll of these are part and parcel of the whole problem with the constant flash floods in Kota Kinabalu.
Without regular cleaning of small drains, even large projects cannot save the world. In fact, the biggest contributor to flash floods is rapid urbanization without proper monitoring, âhe said.
He added that local governments should be more vigilant in this regard when making decisions regarding the approval of any new housing development or infrastructure development.
âAll of the above (lack of funding, etc.) would also mean that in the meantime the government in Sabah has to adopt a short-term solution to mitigate the floods. It is worth considering dredging more water retention ponds pending approval of the Likas Dam project, among other flood mitigation projects.
âEven though the process of acquiring land may take some time, it is certainly faster than hoping for allocation from the federal government,â he said.
âThe state has huge land reserves and it is worth converting some of this land into water retention ponds instead of thinking about more commercial developments. The government of Sabah cannot simply shift all the responsibility and blame onto the federal government, because the state government also has its own responsibilities, âhe added.