JOHOR BARU: Villagers in Kampung Kuala Masai are hoping for immediate action from Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) to repair a section of the riverbank along Sungai Masai here which collapsed after a recent flood.
Its village chief, Ramadan Saian, 65, said the riverbank near the village was prone to erosion and claimed it was due to an ongoing housing project in the area.
“This village would usually experience flooding twice a year, but even then the water level would only be ankle deep. But the flood on Nov 21 was the worst that we had ever experienced.
“The water level was waist-high and there was a strong current, resulting in a landslide at the riverbank near the village, further hampering water flow, ” he said when met by reporters at the village, near Jalan Balau, Taman Rinting.
He added that the flood had also affected the Pasir Gudang Highway, with videos of the incident going viral on social media.
Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim, who visited the area, said it would take time for the riverbank to be repaired.
“The rock walls along the riverbank were destroyed during the flood. The area is also inaccessible to vehicles but DID has said they would work on rectifying the issue immediately.
“We hope that MBPG would also join in the effort to solve this issue as DID only has jurisdiction on the river, not on the land, ” he said.
He added that MBPG should also take action against those who have carried out illegal construction works near the riverbank.
“Though the riverbank area comes under DID, they do not have the authority to take action against trespassers; that power lies with MBPG because any development along the riverbank will disrupt the soil structure, ” he said.
Pasir Gudang Umno Youth chief Noor Azleen Ambros said MBPG should ensure that such incidents do not occur again.
“MBPG was recently awarded city status so we hope that it will look seriously into this issue because this should not be criteria for a developed city, ” he said, adding that he hoped MBPG would come out with a long-term plan to address the matter.
Meanwhile, Noor Azleen said the Pasir Gudang Umno Youth division had handed over 150 food baskets to the villages affected by the recent flood.
The areas involved Kampung Sepakat, Taman Kota Puteri, Kampung Saujana Baru and Taman Sri Pandan.