Wee (second right) and other MBKS officers inspect a drain in light of the recent flash floods.

KUCHING: The issue of flash floods in some areas of Kuching South City Council (MBKS), such as the King Centre roundabout, is due to inappropriate laying of underground utility cables by irresponsible contractors.

In a statement yesterday, MBKS urged utility contractors to contact the city council prior to commencing any works in order to avoid disruption to water flow inside drains.

The council has been actively raising public awareness on the risk of damaging the concrete scupper drain by irresponsible contractors through social media and on-site engagements.

“Despite this effort, many irresponsible contractors still ignore the advice and did not engage with MBKS prior to installing the cables.”

MBKS mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng expressed concern over the occurrence of flash floods in some areas within the council’s jurisdiction during the present rainy season.

Accompanied by several council officers, he has been going to the ground to conduct site inspections in several areas, including Taman Ridgeway, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, Stampin Baru, Sungai Apong, Simpang Tiga, Jalan Foochow, among others.

“MBKS has been doing its level best to upgrade the drains, but the flash floods still happen due to king tide season,” he said.

MBKS urges contractors to notify its Engineering Division with regard to such matters by contacting 082-354200 or sending an email to request@mbks.gov.my.