There were several suggestions on what should be done to prevent flash floods from happening again in the country, being from stopping deforestation to littering.
Meanwhile, the former prime minister Najib Razak had pointed out that the Canal Project in Selangor, which was proposed by the Barisan Nasional state government in 2007, would have save Selangor from the floods, if only it had not been cancelled by Pakatan’s Selangor state government.
In a Facebook post, Najib said that RM3 billion had been allocated for the “large-scale flood mitigation project” at the time.
“The project started in 2007 and continued until 2009, but began to stall when the then Pakatan Rakyat government took over Selangor after the 12th general election,” he said, adding that the project was eventually scrapped in 2011.
“If this water canal could reduce the risk of floods as well as increase Selangor’s raw water reserves, I think there is a need to review the implementation of this project.”
He explained that the project was to be built just south of the Shah Alam Municipal Council, around Taman Sri Muda and Kota Kemuning.
The construction involved an 18km main water canal across the Klang district to the Hulu Langat district which will connect the Klang River with the Langat River and it is said to be able to divert 30% of the water from Klang River to the Langat River during peak hours.
“Several secondary canals will also be built and several very large water reservoirs will also be built, to store water which would be the source of water for the people of Selangor.”
However, the project was put on hold in 2009, cancelled in 2011 and the land sold to a developer in 2013 when the Pakatan government took over Selangor after the 12th General Election.
“If this water canal could have reduced the risk of floods as well as increase Selangor’s raw water reserves, I think that there is a need to review the implementation of this project.” Najib said.
Meanwhile, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari had in a press conference on Monday (27 December) explained that the recent floods in Selangor were caused by an extraordinary amount of rainfall that exceeded the capacity of water catchments.
He also said that the future flood mitigation projects would need to be able to collect up to 300-400mm of water at any given time.
“Is Canal City the answer? We must see the amount of water it can take. If it can’t hold up to 300-400mm of water, we can call it Canal City or Tower City, it won’t solve the issue.”
Amirudin then said the issue to be addressed is how to ensure that water catchments are able to contain more than 100mm of water at any given time.
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