Comprehensive drainage system needed to solve flooding

Yap (centre) inspects the culvert at Lorong 28, Stampin Resettlement Scheme.

KUCHING: A comprehensive drainage system for the Stampin Resettlement Scheme here needs to be formulated as a long term solution to recurring flood issues in the area.

“It is hoped that with proper planning for the area, the authorities concerned can apply for development funds and/or prioritise and allocate the use of the yearly development funding from the government for the upgrading of all the existing dilapidated earth drains of Stampin Resettlement Scheme,” said Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) chief Wilfred Yap.

He added that the upgrading works could be done systematically in phases to keep up with the needs of the growing population.

Yap said he along with Kapitan Chai Yong Liang were recently approached by concerned residents at the Stampin Resettlement Scheme to bring to the attention of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), the dilapidated condition of the culvert at the monsoon drain in front of the entrance of Lorong 28.

“The side of the culvert facing the river is cracking open sideways as the reinforcement work previously carried out by the authorities does not appear to be effective,” he said on Wednesday (Apr 28).

Following the complaint and request for assistance, Yap, who is also SUPP Kota Sentosa branch chairman, immediately highlighted and brought the matter to the attention of MBKS and DID for their speedy action in rectifying the problem.

“SUPP PCB will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that all the required works on the road culvert are carried out and completed properly for the safety of road users in the vicinity,” he assured.

He said SUPP PCB had also written to MBKS and DID to request for scheduled periodic maintenance and clearing of the earth drains to alleviate water-ponding and to mitigate flash floods.

SUPP PCB will continue to serve as the eyes and ears of the local community and will highlight and try to resolve issues of public interest affecting the community. 

Anyone who comes across problems of public interest but is unsure of how to deal with them can always call SUPP PCB at 016-7797688 or 082-246999, or directly visit the SUPP Head Office to request assistance.