Robert Lau Hui Yew takes the oath when he was sworn in as a senator. File photo: Bernama

KUCHING: Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew has chided Sibu MP Oscar Ling for questioning the resolution to the flood woes in Sibu town.

He said Ling’s statement was perplexing as the latter should have put the interests of the people of Sibu at heart.

“I am perplexed to read your (Ling) negative remarks, questioning the good intention of Sarawak government’s effort to solve the flooding problem of Sibu, the very town you represent.

“Yes, the fund should have come from federal government as flood mitigation comes under federal jurisdiction.

“But is it wrong for the State government to take up the project when the federal side has been slow and not willing?” asked Lau in a Facebook post today.

He was commenting on the statement by Ling who asked the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) why it insisted on funding the flood mitigation project as it was supposed to be a federal project.

Lau said Phase 3 of the flood mitigation project worth RM99 million was approved by the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government in 2017 and the work is still on-going.

“After PH took over as the federal government after GE (general election) 14 in 2018, there were no more fund for this project and the Sarawak government decided to step in.

“Do you oppose the Sarawak government’s effort to carry out the project worth RM120 million for Sibu flood mitigation?” asked Lau.

Lau said the flood mitigation project would not end at Phase 4 although it is the missing and critical link.

“The master plan covers the whole stretch from Upper Lanang to Sg Seduan at Sungai Merah with another three more pump stations and building 3.5km of bunds. This will be in Phase 5 with an estimated cost of RM280 million,” he said.