The video above by Fahmi Hamid on the devastation caused by the recent foods in the Farlim area of Pulau Pinang is proof of Tokong Lim Guan Eng’s failure to keep his promise to rid the island-state of its floods problems within the first term of his administration.
Over-development, excessive hill-clearing activities have long been identified as the culprit of the never-ending flash floods in Pulau Pinang. As a person who lived on the island for three years, I can vouch that compared to what the flash floods of the late 1980s and early 1990s looked like, the flash floods of recent years are of biblical proportions.
Yet, as seen in the above and following screenshots, the DAP-led government consistently blames others for its failures. Last year, Jagdeep Singh Deo blamed the Federal Government for failing to cough up RM321 million in allocations for a flood mitigation project.
However, it has been revealed that the Tokong had pleaded ignorance of a reprimand by the Auditor-General in the 2016 report tabled in July 2017 that the Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai had not dispensed its RM22.09 million drainage contribution to the state’s Department of Irrigation and Drainage.
That is how efficient the DAP-led Pulau Pinang state government that the voters had voted in to see change. They don’t read reports, they don’t even make an attempt to fulfill promises, and conveniently blame others.
Yet they got voted in again for the second term because people in Pulau Pinang love the free water the Tokong is providing them from time to time, not to mention achieving the higher than the national average cancer cases in Sungai Lembu alone. Penang-lang love records and achievements.
RM2 billion had been given to Pulau Pinang between 2006 and 2010 for flood mitigation projects, a four-year period which half of it was under the DAP administration.
DAP Pulau Pinang Exco Chow Kow Yeow said that only RM305 million had been received by the state government. However, the Tokong admitted that it could be due to his state government’s inaction over the Auditor-General’s report that had caused the funds to be withheld.
The failure of the DAP-led state government of Pulau Pinang under Lim Guan Eng’s leadership has caused untold losses that can never be recouped. The DAP state government could pay RM177.5 million to a consultant for a paper that is far from being completed but cannot fork out the same amount to mitigate floods in Pulau Pinang.
This year alone two major flash floods have caused misery to thousands including the loss of two lives since July 2017.
On 14 July 2017, Lim Kean Chuan, 59, drowned when he fell into a monsoon drain during the flash floods at Jalan Sungai Ara.
Kean Chuan had parked his car by the roadside to walk to higher ground after being inundated by the flood waters. He, however, fell into the monsoon drain as the high water levels obstructed the drain’s opening from view.
In last week’s flash floods, Noor Afidah Yahunas, 30, fell from her motorcycle into a culvert in Paya Terubong, and was found caught between tree branches by rescuers in a river near Bukit Jambul, 1.5 kilometers away from where she fell nearly 24 hours after she was reported missing.
Yet, the Tokong had announced, on 15 November 2016, a state budget allocation of RM220 million for 2017, independent of the Federal allocation, for the mitigation of floods. The question is, what has happened to this RM220 million? Since 2017 is almost over, whose pocket has it gone into?
And to make Pulau Pinang people affected by the floods happy again, the Tokong will give them RM400 as a one-off payment for their miseries.
And I am sure with the RM400 payment, people in Pulau Pinang will forgive the Tokong for his incompetency, jump with joy, forget the destroyed electronics inside their car, ignore the deaths caused, and vote for DAP once again.
That is how much the DAP values your life, dear Pulau Pinang voters. Only RM400.
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