Floods wreak havoc in Penang

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  • Sunday, 20 Jul 2003

PENANG: Torrential rain, which lasted for more than an hour yesterday afternoon, wreaked havoc on parts of the island, including the Penang Turf Club's races. 

Some 600 residents of Jalan Md Taib, Kampung Pokok Asam and Kampung Tengah in Jelutong were caught in a flash flood. 

Jalan Md Taib resident Rosli Md Junus, 26, attributed the floods to a monsoon drain built between their village and the sea. 

WATER ENTERTAINMENT: Children of Kampung Pokok Asam in Jelutong, Penang, having fun after a flood hit their village following heavy rain Saturday afternoon.

“Sea water kept flowing in while the outlets for water to flow from the villages to the sea was too small, causing the water to overflow. 

“The high tide made the situation worse, forcing us to wade in 0.3m of water,” he said, estimating his losses at RM15,000. 

Rosli, a security guard, said it was the third time floods had hit his village in his 20 years of staying there. 

Sungai Pinang assemblyman Looi Swee Cheang, who was also present, said he would call on the district officer to convene an emergency meeting tomorrow for all the relevant authorities to help find a solution to the problem. 

At the Penang Turf Club, four of the seven races were cancelled because of the bad weather. 

The turf club committee, after consulting the jockey’s representatives and the stipendiary stewards, decided to cancel the races due to adverse track conditions. 

“The back straight was real bad. It was terrible with the mud in your face,” said a rider. “I couldn’t see what was in front of me as my goggle was filled with mud.” 

The four races which had to be cancelled included the RM100,000 Tunku Abdul Rahman Anniversary Cup, a feature race held to honour Malaysia’s first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj’s wish to see Malaysian horses gracing the local turf in thoroughbred horse-racing.  

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