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Kota Kinabalu City Hall (KKCH) is very serious in addressing the flooding issues in Kota Kinabalu.

City Hall’s Director of Engineering Department Poon Chee Kong said a multi-departmental co-ordination meeting dubbed the Greater Kota Kinabalu Flood Prevention committee has been set up since 2011 to address the flooding woes in the city and the surrounding areas such as Penampang and Putatan.

 According to Poon, this committee which is chaired by Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister cum Minister In-Charge of City Hall YB Datuk Ir. Edward Yong Oui Fah, meets regularly and the last meeting was held on 15 August 2016.

Members of the meeting include government agencies such as Public Works Department, Drainage and Irrigation Department, Meteorological Department, City Hall, Penampang and Putatan District Councils and concessionaires, Pembinaan Kekal Mewah Sdn. Bhd., Globinaco Sdn. Bhd. and Lintasan Resources Sdn. Bhd.

With reference to the recent press conference held on 24 August by Sabah People’s Right Association President, Lee Pun Yee regarding the Taman Cantik flooding problems, the Mayor’s office has informed that he was not able to attend as he had to attend the State Cabinet meeting.  Poon said City Hall apologizes for not being able to send representatives because they are all committed with other meetings as well.

Poon also said that City Hall is aware of the problems in Taman Cantik and other areas such as Kolombong, Taman Keramat, Kingfisher and other areas. He said Lee can submit his proposal to the committee.

He explained that solutions of the flooding problems have been identified and are categorised into short-term, mid-term and long-term solutions. The short term strategies look into the cleaning cycle carried out by the concessionaire companies to enable smooth water flow of the drainage system as well as repairing collapsed drainage structures.  

The medium term strategies are to identify sections of the problematic drainage and to improve and upgrade the existing drainage system.

For long term solution, the committee is proposing the construction of tidal gates at Petagas, Putatan and Likas river mouth to control the tidal effect.

Members of the public who have information or complaint on flooding problem, they may channel it to City Hall’s hotline number at 088-210011 or 010-2222000 (WhatsApp).