Saturday, 20 September 2014

Flood still a norm in Teluk Intan

During the recent Teluk Intan by-election, Datuk Mah Siew Keong claimed that one of the achievements during his tenure as Member of Parliament from 1999 to 2008 was solving partially the flood that hit Teluk Intan during hide tide and raining season but he added that if he is being elected again, he will let flood to be something of the past in Teluk Intan. Therefore, I am now calling for Minister Mah Siew Keong to make good his promise to resolve the problem of flood in every corner of his constituency.

A norm in Teluk Intan after each downpour
While flood during high tide, especially in during the lunar months of March, June and Sept together with flood at the end of the year during the monsoon season is partially solved, flash flood is now a norm in Teluk Intan after heavy downpour. Previously, flood will only hit areas alongside Sungai Perak that encircle the town, but it is now hitting the residential areas because of poor drainage system. Areas that were once flood free are now facing flash food after each downpour.
Clogged drains due to poor maintenance by the district council aside, poor planning of new residential areas that came up in Teluk Intan for the past few years are also a factor that contributes to this flooding problem. New housing estates were approved without giving into consideration of main drainage system, traffic, safety and other public amenities. Thus, when it rains, Teluk Intan can be called Teluk Banjir (Flooding Bay), a moniker that we used to call this town during our schooling days.
It is time for Minister Mah to work with the district council and relevant departments to identify the areas of improvements that can be made to solve the problem of flash flood in Teluk Intan, thereby making good Mah’s promise to make flood something of the past in this town. To put it more plainly, many areas in Teluk Intan need a new drainage system.
A new drainage system and clearing the clogged drains is not a hard problem to solve so I hope it won’t take years for this to be done or only get it solved when the next general election is near. The talk in town now is that Mah Siew Keong is a minister with no significant portfolio and the voters are waiting to see what he can achieve. I sincerely hope that Mah Siew Keong can prove his detractors wrong and win over the naysayers hence winning with a bigger majority in the next election, instead of the paltry 238 votes.

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