Commenting on the recent flash floods that happened in Kuala Lumpur, Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh has pointed out that 6 retention ponds for flood prevention in Kuala Lumpur had been alienated for development.
She added that frequent flooding and landslides in the several areas is a indication that the development projects approved in the city needs a review.
In a Facebook post, Yeoh said the 2019 Auditor-General’s (A-G) Report revealed that the mayor had approved 943 development projects from 2015 to 2020 which were not in line with the KL City Plan 2020.
It was also reported that the change in zoning for land use and density caused flash floods and traffic congestion.
“Possibly the most damning revelation in this report would be the discovery that 6 retention ponds used for flood prevention had been earmarked for development,” she said.
Yeoh continue saying that this had “cripple” the entire flood operations system in the city, causing it to experience more flash floods.
“It was also clearly revealed that in the same period, Kuala Lumpur experienced flash floods 48 times, with a significant increase in flash floods from five times in 2017 to 13 times in 2020.”
“I raised this (issue) in the recent Parliament meeting on the lack of response from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on this report,” she said.
Yeoh added that the recent floods should be a wake-up call for City Hall and MACC, while stressing that all the details are stated in the A-G’s report, including the chronology and failure of the approving committees in charge.
Meanwhile, Federal Territories Umno Youth information chief Wan Agyl Wan Hassan has called for the government to act against Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for allowing the conversion of several water retention ponds in the capital into sites for development projects.
“The findings are shocking and heads must roll over flooding in Kuala Lumpur. Based on the report, the mayor had granted approvals to conversion plans that were contrary to the overall KL city development plan.”
“This is unacceptable and the government must take action on these findings and also get the responsible persons charged,” Wan Agyl was quoted saying by FMT.
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