Friday, January 27, 2023

Show us the flood mitigation plan or we’ll sue, KL residents threaten DBKL

NewsShow us the flood mitigation plan or we'll sue, KL residents threaten...

With the monsoon season approaching, residents of Kuala Lumpur (KL) are now on guard for the floods that are likely to hit parts of our city, after learning from the painful experience last year.

Meanwhile, a group of 8 KL residents, led by former Malaysian Bar chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has threatened to sue the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) if they failed to provide information on flood mitigation plan updates.

The letter of demand was submitted through the firm of Messrs Lim Wei Jiet and it named Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and KL mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah as respondents, demanding them to furnish the information within 5 days.

According to the group, the information is necessary for the public to determine if DBKL’s plans are adequate in mitigating the predicted floods during the monsoon season and if not, so they can provide feedback.

“Such transparency of information is crucial for public awareness and to enable public participation which, in turn, is a cornerstone of good public policy-making. This is especially important for an issue as serious as floods, which has caused untold destruction to lives, livelihoods and property in KL in the past.”

“The right to information is also intertwined with every person’s right to a clean, healthy, safe and sustainable environment, and in light of the coming monsoon season which starts in November,” the group said.

The group supported their claim with the Audit-General’s Report that was published last month on the activities of the federal ministries and statutory bodies.

The report concluded that only 8 out of 104 or 7.7% of flood mitigation measures proposed in the 2017 master plan have been implemented or are in the process of implementation by DBKL.

“DBKL’s response to the A-G was that another 22 flood mitigation measures would be implemented in 2022. Hence, the KL residents are now requesting to know the current status of the said 22 flood mitigation measures,” the letter reads.

Apart from that, the report also identified 5 short-term mitigation measures proposed in the flood master plan that had not been implemented in the highly flood-prone areas encompassing Jalan Tun Razak, Persiaran Ampang Hilir and Jalan U-Thant as of March this year.

The group then demanded updates on the mitigation measures that have been implemented in those areas listed since March.

In addition, they are also requesting information on “any other flood mitigation measures which DBKL has implemented or plans to implement in order to deal with the risk of flooding in Kuala Lumpur”.

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