Council on alert for high tide season


THE Taman Gemilang public hall in Dengkil and a tahfiz will serve as evacuation centres during the high tide season.

Sepang Municipal Council deputy president Muhammad Hafiz Shaari said disaster operations for Sepang district would be headed by the district officer.

The emergency teams have identified Kampung Bagan Lalang and the residential areas of Pantai Sepang Putra and Taman Sri Bayu as high-risk areas.

“There was flooding at the Bagan Lalang beach area where the water level reached the food stalls.

“This year, as soon as the water reaches 1.5m up from shore, we will issue evacuation orders,” said Muhammad Hafiz.

He announced this at the council full board meeting where he also expressed condolences to the families of the six divers and a boy who drowned at the Taman Putra Perdana lake.

“The council will collaborate with the Drainage and Irrigation Department to put up ‘No Fishing’ signs at strategic spots around

the lake.

“Officers will also carry out scheduled patrols here and those found fishing will be told to leave,” said Muhammad Hafiz, adding that a barricade would be put up to bar further entrance into the weir.

On the discovery of a small campsite by foreigners at the lakeside, Muhammad Hafiz said the council would work with other agencies to take necessary action, stressing that if nothing was done, it would encourage more illegal settlers to set up more of such similar sites around the lake.

On the 2019 budget, he said estimated expenses would reach RM166.95mil while estimated revenue was RM167mil.

Councillor Sivakumar Periasamy suggested the council cut back on giving goodie bags, and instead channel the funds back to the rakyat.

Meanwhile, reshuffling within the council now sees Norrehan Amat Kasman as Corporate and Public Relations director. Norrehan was formerly head of the Town Services unit. Landscape architect Arefah Rahim has been promoted as Landscaping Department director.

Ending the full board on a positive note, the council announced its open day to be held on Oct 13 at KIP Mall in Kota Warisan from 10am to 2pm.

Muhammad Hafiz invited the public to attend so they could give feedback and offer suggestions to the council and its department heads.

Spa and beauty booths, children’s activities and a clown have been arranged for the day’s entertainment.

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