PETALING JAYA: Penang MCA has questioned the state government’s sincerity in improving the environment, specifically the upgrading of the drainage system to prevent floods.
“It has become a norm that the Penang International Airport will flood each time after a downpour, and such an incident is deemed ‘disgraceful’ by some media.
“The DAP-led Penang state government seems to adopt a ‘wait and see’ attitude towards the Penang International Airport’s flash flood, which explains why the long-standing flood problem is not resolved till now and the state government suffered loss of reputation,” said Penang MCA Youth chief Michael Lee Beng Seng.
Lee said in December 2013, the Penang Federal Action Council (FAC) came up with a solution with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and other relevant government agencies, whereby the state developer is urged to allocate an area to build a retention pond to cope with the high tide and overflowing problem.
“Until now, PDC has yet to allocate any land to build the retention pond.
“Two years ago, I had raised the same question, but the state government remained quiet.
“Meanwhile, the Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also the Penang Development Corporation (PDC) chairman, holds full responsibility pertaining to this issue,” he said.
Lee said it was probable that Lim, who is holding 11 state agency positions, has had no time to look into the very critical drainage problem at Penang airport.
“Ironically, although huge sums of money were spent to resolve the flood issue, the flood seems to worsen over time.
“Lim had once boasted that he could solve the flood woes of one state in a year, but massive floods continue to plague Penang over eight years and are occurring more frequent than ever.
“This is worrisome as the people have to live in fear every time it rains or floods,” Lee said.