RESIDENTS of Rambutan Lane and Belian Lane in Sibu will enjoy a flood-free and more hygienic environment after the clearing of their roadside drains is completed in about a month.
“The clearing work started on Monday in Rambutan Lane and will go on to Belian Lane beside it,” said Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) councillor Chieng Buong Toon.
For his tireless efforts in solving the flood and drainage problems faced by residents living between Bukit Assek Road and Hua Kiew Road, Chieng has been nicknamed as Mr Drain.
Chieng said that more than 40% of the drains in Bukit Assek constituency had been cleared or improved since he embarked upon the clearing work 18 months ago.
“I only helped in looking for the funds and arranged for the Drainage and Irrigation Department and SMC to carry out the actual work,” Chieng told StarMetro.
He said there was a significant improvement in the drainage system with clogged water from many of the drains flowing into bigger drains and eventually into the Rajang.
Chieng said that flood waters subsided faster during the recent Sibu flood because of the improved drainage.
An elderly resident in Rambutan Lane, Chian Boh Hua, said she was thankful to Chieng for his efforts.
“I have been living here for more than 40 years. It’s time for the authorities to clear the drains which I believe are infested with mosquito larvae and other disease-carrying bugs,” Chian said.
She said that Rambutan Lane was not a flood-prone area, but due to the blocked drains and subsidence of land, it was seriously affected by floods after heavy rain.
“The subsidence of land is very bad here. Some culverts have sunk and are completely submerged in mud. Water clogged in the drains is smelly,” Chieng said, adding that after the 500m drain was cleared and upgraded at Rambutan and Belian lanes, he would move on to improve drainage at other areas in Bukit Assek constituency.
Chieng became the first municipal councillor to set up a service centre when he did so at a rented house in Hua Kiew Road last month.
He has been proposed by his Sibu Sarawak United People’s Party to stand in the coming state election.
“I have been receiving six to seven complaints daily since the service centre was established on Aug 6. The response has been encouraging and I will try to do my best to serve the people with dedication,” Chieng said.