‘We need barrier on our side too’

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

Cause for concern: The cement wall being built by the Thai government on the Malaysia-Thailand border near Rantau Panjang. — Bernama

PASIR MAS: A cement wall, being built by the Thai government on the Malaysia-Thailand border near Rantau Panjang, has become a source of anxiety to residents living along Sungai Golok.

These residents claimed that the wall, erected on the side of the neighbouring country, had led to Sungai Golok overflowing much faster into the town area.

A trader in Rantau Panjang town, Wan Namat Wan Muhamad, 54, hoped the Federal Government would mitigate the problem of erosion of the riverbank on the Malaysian side.

“The two-metre wall on the Thai side is more for security purposes but it also functions as a water barrier during the flood season.

“The riverbank on our side of the border is much higher than the bank on the Thai side. However, the wall results in more water from Sungai Golok flowing into the Malaysian side during the flood season,” he said.

Kamaruddin Mustafa, 52, said the effect of the 13km-long wall was felt during the recent flood although the project has yet to be completed.

He said a wall must also be built on the Malaysian side because the floodwater inundating the low-lying areas of Rantau Panjang town often took time to recede.

“What is crucial is that the damage incurred by traders in Rantau Panjang town due to the floods will be reduced if a wall is built on our side of the border, compared to the current situation,” he added.

Recalling the recent flood, Rohana Hussin, 53, said floodwater entered her kitchen swiftly.

“I hope the authorities will do something to overcome the problem.

“Most probably, my house, which is now already tilted, will collapse due to erosion if there is no barrier on our side,’’ she said. — Bernama

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