The recent flood in Kajang was the worst since 1971
KUALA LUMPUR: Fingers are pointed at the Selangor State Government that its decision in February this year to cancel a flood mitigation project had caused the recent devastating flood in Kajang, its worst in 40 years.
A blog posting at KitaGempur.com stated the cancellation of the Canal City project had contributed to the disaster apart from the fact that the Selangor Government had failed to undertake flood prevention measures for the state.
The Selangor Menteri Besar office when contacted said the recent flood woes in Kajang was not due to the cancellation of the Canal City project.
Selangor MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid IbrahimSelangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim's political secretary Faekah Hussin when contacted said initial report from State Irrigation and Drainage department proved there was no link between the Kajang flood and Canal City project cancellation.
“The flood had nothing to do with the cancellation. The Mentri Besar is also waiting for the full report from the Irrigation and Drainage department."
"Surely as for now the cause of the flood was due to heavy rain exceeding 60 mm to 87 mm for four hours non-stop,” Faekah said.
"Due to the heavy downpour, the water level at Sungai Langat had gone up to the 26-metre dangerous level, causing an overflow at Sungai Merbau and Sungai Jeluk in the district," she added.
Faekah was responding to accusations in the blogosphere, saying the cancellation of Canal City project had caused the incident to happen apart from the lack of flood prevention measure in the state.
Canal City project is a flood mitigation project comprising 18 kilometre of canal linking Sungai Kelang and Sungai Langat.
Faekah described the project as a ‘white elephant’ project and the area is now handled by Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad for development.
Abdul Khalid had said in a news report that the project would not bring any benefit to the people in Selangor.
When asked on the sand-theft cases allegedly endorsed by Selangor owned Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB) in the state which allegedly caused the flood, Faekah dismissed it by saying it was up to the Land Office to penalise and prosecute the offenders.
“Kumpulan Semesta only issues the license and permits for sand-mining activities. We are not an enforcement body. The land office can arrest those who are found doing the sand-mining activities without license,” she explained.
However, Faekah said logically sand mining activity would not be the cause for flood incident as it would actually widened the length of and increase the depth of the rivers.