BUSINESS operators at Pusat Perdagangan Seri Kembangan cannot simply sit around and wait any longer for the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to investigate and find a solution to the worsening mud floods in the area. It is affecting their livelihood badly.
Businessman R.M. Murthy said massive mudflows occurred at the commercial area during Sunday’s downpour. Muddy water gushed out from a new development site not far from the commercial area.
“There is mud and dirty water all over the road near the development area that is covered with bushes,” said Murthy. “These flowed all the way into Jalan PSK 7 which is where the commercial area ends,” he said.
Murthy said many of the business operators, especially restaurants, had to clean up the thick layer of mud themselves. “They had no choice, but to do so or they would lose the weekend crowd.”
Another businessman, who declined to be named, said he hoped that MPSJ would find a temporary solution fast before conducting investigations or looking for long-term solutions.
“Our businesses have been affected and badly too,” he said. “Many of us have to start work earlier to clean up the entrances and road before the first of our customers come.”
StarMetro had on Monday reported that the businessmen had asked the council to look into the problem last week.
The MPSJ had replied that it would conduct a thorough investigation to ascertain the source of the mudflows, then find a long-term solution to the problem.
Seri Kembangan assemblyman Datuk Liew Yuen Keong said the council held its first round of discussions with two of the developers near the commercial area over how to overcome the mudflows.
He said the two companies had been asked to study the drainage systems at their respective projects and find a way to stop the water from flowing into the commercial area.
Liew said among the suggestions made by the council was to change the flow of water from the development site to the main drains that connected Putra Permai, instead of allowing it to flow into the smaller drains that passed through Bukit Serdang and Seri Kembangan.
“I share the concerns brought up by the businessmen and their predicament after the heavy downpour in the weekend,” he said. “It had to happen while we were still in discussions.”
Liew said officials from MPSJ had visited the site on Monday to assess the amount of mud that had flowed into the area so that they would have a better picture of the problem’s severity.
He assured the businessmen that MPSJ would come up with a solution fast and urged them to be patient for a little longer.