‘Pekan Nanas folk tired of flooding’

Tan (far left) assisting flood victims in his Pekan Nanas constituency. — Filepic

RESIDENTS in Pekan Nanas are hoping their flood woes will be over soon as many have been suffering for 40 years.

Tan Eng Meng (BN-Pekan Nanas) said it was embarrassing for him, as an elected representative, to face constituents who have time and again become flood victims.

“While more than RM1bil has been allocated by the state and Federal Government for flood management, there was no specific funding for flooding in Pekan Nanas that has affected the people for more than four decades.

“The areas that have repeatedly been hit by floods include Kampung Paya Embun, Kampung Sri Gambut, Kampung Jasa Sepakat, Kampung Melayu Raya, Kampung Melayu Bukit Panjang and Kampung Sri Bunian.

“I can only comfort the people by saying that plans are ongoing. I think the flood victims are tired of the same answer.

“I hope that some attention can be given by the state government on floods in my constituency,” he said during the Johor state assembly sitting at Kota Iskandar.

Tan noted that during the floods, murky water would overflow into farms, destroying crops.

As such, the people’s livelihood was affected as it takes time to clear the land and replant the crops, said Tan.

Separately, Wong Bor Yang (PH-Senai) voiced concerns about traffic congestion in his constituency, especially near Senai International Airport.

“The congestion along Jalan Seelong and Jalan Lapangan Terbang is getting worse due to surrounding projects such as the Senai industrial area and Senai Airport City.

“During peak hours, the roads will be full of factory buses, school buses and private vehicles.

“The situation is expected to worsen as the airport has recently completed an expansion project to cater to a visitor capacity of five million a year from the previous four million,” he said.

Wong claimed that it has been a year since a traffic impact assessment was conducted by the Public Works Department at both roads but so far, no updates were provided.

“I wonder what the outcome of the assessment is.

“There has been no news of any upgrading works since I brought up the same issue at the state assembly sitting when debating the 2023 state budget last year.

“I suggest an alternative road be built to disperse traffic at both roads.

“This will also help to spur activities in other areas such as the Chang Chun industrial area.”

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