Yeoh urges MACC to investigate development at 6 retention ponds

The A-G’s Report 2019 Series 2 reveals that the mayor had approved 943 developments from 2015 up until 2020, inconsistent with the KL City Plan

by ASILA JALIL / pic by TMR FILE

SEGAMBUT MP Hannah Yeoh is urging the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to open an investigation paper on the development orders at six flood retention ponds in Kuala Lumpur (KL) that had received approval from the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL).

Yeoh was citing the Auditor-General’s (A-G) Report 2019 Series 2 which reveals that the mayor had approved 943 developments from 2015 up until 2020, which were inconsistent with the KL City Plan.

It also stated that the change in zoning of land use and density had an impact on the environment which led to reduction of open space, flash floods and traffic congestion.

“Possibly the most damning revelation in this report would be the discovery that six retention ponds used for flood prevention had been approved and alienated for development.

“This change would directly affect the capacity of the retention ponds, cripple the entire flood operations system under the KL Flood Mitigation and expose KL to more frequent flash floods.

“It was also clearly revealed that in the same period from 2015 to 2020, Kuala Lumpur experienced flash floods 48 times. There was also a significant increase in flash floods from five times in 2017 to 13 times in 2020,” she said citing the A-G’s report.

Yeoh said she had raised the issue of the lack of response from MACC towards this report and its revelation in the recent Parliament sitting.

The MACC and DBKL were told to sprint into action following the devastation caused by the floods last week that should have served as a reminder for both of the government bodies.

“I will not allow the floods in Kolam Air and Kampung Kasipillay located in the constituency of Segambut to be treated with no sense of urgency by the authorities. As their MP, I demand immediate actions to be taken on the revelations in this A-G’s Report.

“MACC must respond in 24 hours by opening an investigation and update the people of KL accordingly. All details have been clearly stated in the A-G’s Report including the chronology and failure of the approving committee,” Yeoh pressed.

She also called on Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to scrutinise the report and take immediate action.

If no actions are taken by the government on the development at the six retention ponds, Yeoh said there is a possibility of the areas turning into Sri Muda, Shah Alam and suffer extensively when floods take place.

Sri Muda was among the worst-hit areas where the flood ravaged most of the houses in the area.

It took days for the water level to recede in Sri Muda and the only way to access the area for rescue missions was by boats.

“If PM Ismail Sabri is serious about this flood, he must leave no stone unturned.

“I want the PM to read the documents and ask all of his advisors to scrutinise the documents as well and then take immediate actions,” Yeoh added.

She also urged Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim to provide answers and solutions to residents who were displaced by a landslide at Jalan Pelimbayan Indah, Kampung Sungai Penchala, KL.

The landslide took place on Monday and affected 284 residents from 94 households.

Yeoh said she had written to the minister on Dec 23 and provided three proposals that should be looked into for the wellbeing of displaced residents.

“There is something very wrong with how the development plans are given in KL. We need to put a moratorium and stop everything to see what went wrong or require immediate attention.

“DBKL may not have enough manpower to monitor each landslide that has taken place but we need to help the victims because they do not know what to do,” she said.