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Uda: Drain to counter flash floods in Putatan

20th June, 2019


PUTATAN: The government is working on building a drain to channel stagnant water in lower ground areas into the Putatan River during rainy seasons which have caused flash floods in certain villages in the district.

Assistant Law and Native Affairs Minister Datuk Uda Sulai said it was a short term solution for flood prone villages including Kg. Petagas, Sekambu, Boutung, and in Duvanson Tombovo.

He stated that a discussion has been made with several departments to realise the effort.

“We have visited the areas susceptible to flash floods and are in the effort to solve them; this issue has been in existence since the previous governments.

“The villagers used to build their houses on lower grounds and when new houses are built on higher grounds, water flow to the lower areas (during rainy season), causing floods.

“We have discussed with the Irrigation and Drainage Department, Public Works Department, and the Land and Survey Department to examine the locations suitable to build drains because without it, the water will not flow,” said Uda who is also Petagas Assemblyman.

He added that works for the expansion of Sungai Sendil was ongoing and is expected to be completed by end of this year.

Once completed, he said, it would solve many flash floods in Putatan.

“Although the project will be finished soon, the proposal to build the drains especially in Kg. Boutung and Sendil will be proceeded with as many houses built since the past administrations have been vulnerable to flash floods,” he said during the Petagas Hari Raya open house here Tuesday night.

More than 3,000 people attended the open house which he said was held to celebrate the occasion, show appreciation to supporters, and bring leaders closer to the people.

Among fellow leaders present at the event were Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr. Yusof Yacob, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Arifin Asgali, Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Assaffal P. Alian, and Trade and Industry Assistant Minister Azhar Matussin.

Meanwhile, Dr. Yusof asserted that the event not only strengthen their ties with the people but also foster multicultural relationship among muslims and non-muslims.

“We hope the people will understand the importance of good ties between muslims and non-muslims…this is our tradition in Sabah which we must protect.

“There should not be racial polemics and religious sentiments here because it is very inappropriate in Sabah,” he said.

Also present were Putatan MP Awang Husaini Sahari, Papar MP Ahmad Hassan, Likas Assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt, and Sabah Islamic Religious Council (Muis) chairperson Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Hasbullah Taha.

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