How are you?: State Assembly Speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang (middle) shaking hands with Pulau Betong assemblyman Muhamad Farid Saad as fellow Barisan Nasional elected representatives Datuk Jahara Hamid (third right) and Datuk Mahmud Zakaria (second right) and others look on during tea break at the state assembly.
A DAP exco member was bombarded with questions concerning flood mitigation, the status of se-veral hill-clearing cases on Penang island and the number of Internet cafe and snooker centre licences issued by the local councils at the state assembly sitting here.
Chow Kon Yeow (DAP-Padang Kota) was asked by R.S.N. Rayer (DAP-Seri Delima) about the actions taken by the state government to overcome flashfloods which were becoming more frequent in Penang.
A similar question was also asked by A. Tanasekharan (DAP-Bagan Dalam).
Teh Yee Cheu (DAP-Tanjung Bungah) threw a question on the action by the state on three illegal hill-clearing activities in Bukit Relau and Bukit Kukus.
Concerned about social issues among the younger generation, Soon Lip Chee (DAP-Jawi) questioned about the number of Internet cafe and snooker centre licences issued by both the Penang Municipal Council and the Seberang Prai Municipal Council.
Chow, who is state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman, said various actions were taken by the state to mitigate flash floods.
“Among them were to upgrade Sungai Jelutong as well as to upgrade the drainage system in Taman Minden Heights, Jalan Macalister, Jalan Transfer and Jalan Hutton.
“The state Drainage and Irrigation Department is also preparing the flood mitigation master plan and the drainage system in central Seberang Prai.
“The state had also approved an allocation of RM1.75mil on Oct 2 for the state DID to appoint a consultant to prepare a flood mitigation master plan and the drainage system in south Seberang Prai,” he said.
Chow added that the mitigation work started on Lot 11396 in Bukit Relau on April 21 by the land owner, such as building a sediment pond and building a lined concrete drain.
“However, mitigation works were stopped as there were rocks preventing the works. The owner had proposed to the Mineral and Geoscience Department and the police on Aug 16 to break the rocks, and pending approval, the sediment pond is in the process of being built.
“The land owner for Lot 271 in Bukit Relau was brought to court on Oct 1 and was fined RM30,000,” he said.
Chow added that for Lots 9811 to 9841 in Bukit Kukus, a stop-work order was issued to the land owner on June 17.
He said that no Internet cafe licences were issued by the local councils this year compared to two licences issued by the MPSP last year.