Deliveryman crossing floodwaters praised


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020

Steely determination: A deliveryman carrying food orders pictured braving the flood in Kibabaig.

KOTA KINABALU: An unidentified food deliveryman is earning the praise of netizens in Sabah after a video of him bracing the flood in Kibabaig off Penampang near here, was shared on social media.

He was seen carrying a huge bag believed to be filled with a customer’s food orders while wading through a knee-deep flood in a residential area on Monday night.

Social media users are praising the man for being so committed to his job despite the bad weather.

Many have advised others to refrain from getting take-outs during the rainy season.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong was also touched after reading the story.

“The spirit of an individual like this should be exemplified and I believe that there are many more individuals out there who have the same strength and determination.

“These are our frontliners who are ever ready to serve the community. Congratulations, and I’m very proud of you! May you be blessed,” Dr Wee wrote on Facebook yesterday.

Kibabaig is among the areas affected by flood in Sabah following continuous downpour since Monday evening. Other parts that are affected are Penampang, Bundusan, Luyang and the surrounding areas.

According to the Meteorological Department, a weather warning alert has been issued for Sabah due to heavy rains and thunderstorms that are expected to last till today.

Areas that are affected are interiors such as Kuala Penyu and Beaufort, West Coasts including Papar, Putatan, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran and Kota Belud as well as Kudat and Labuan.

Meanwhile, the freak thunderstorm that ripped through Kota Kinabalu late Monday night has caused cancellations of several walkabouts and events, putting on hold campaigning in the Sabah state polls that enters its fourth day.

The thunderstorm, accompanied by torrential rain and strong winds, have led to campaigns being cancelled beginning 7pm Monday until yesterday afternoon.

In Inanam, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)’s Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat had to call off his ceramah after a power outage plunged the village into darkness on Monday night.

The same happened in Penampang, with Sabah MCA chairman Lu Yen Tung having to cancel his walkabout in Donggongon earlier than expected due to bad weather.

In Kampung Kolam, Bukit Padang, an event attended by Upko president Wilfred Madius Tangau was also delayed for almost an hour.

Another walkabout by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) at Pulau Gaya yesterday morning, about 10 minutes’ boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, was also cancelled due to the weather.

Among the events cancelled on Tuesday morning due to bad weather was DAP’s Phoong Jin Zhe, who had to call off two scheduled walkabouts at 7am and 12pm in Kepayan.

Bernama reported that floods and a landslide triggered by the heavy rain had forced the closure of six schools in three districts in Sabah, affecting 2,725 pupils.

Sabah Education Department director Mistirine Radin in a statement named the schools as SK Pintas in Beaufort; SK Tampasak, SK Kaiduan, SK Pekan Kinarut and SJKC Kin Kiau in Papar as well as SK Babagon in Kota Kinabalu.

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