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THE erosion at the Sungai Kayu Ara riverbank between Bandar Utama and Kampung Chempaka has gotten worse and has now reached the main road.

Petaling Jaya city councillor Tang Fuie Koh, who is in charge of Bandar Utama and Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, raised the issue during the council’s full board meeting yesterday.

Engineering director Ismail Shafie said although the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) had stated the collapsed riverbank fell under its jurisdiction, the department had replied that it had no budget for repairs.

The issue about the erosion at the Sungai Kayu Ara riverbank was first raised at the full board meeting three months ago.

Other councillors, as well as mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain, said DID’s lack of budget needed to be supported by documentation before Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) could assist with its own funds.

“This reply by DID is not acceptable. The erosion is a threat to public safety and DID should show documentation that they have applied to the State Economic Action Council for a budget before giving this reason,” said Section 5 councillor Derek Fernandez.

Another issue that was raised was service manholes that were not flushed with raised road levels after road repairs.

PJ Old Town councillor Terence Tan said the problem was a constant irritant for the council, as utilities contractors would often dig up roads which had just been paved by the council.

Fernandez added that the council could be held legally responsible if any motorists were to suffer an accident on such poor roads.

During his opening remarks, Mohd Azizi said as of July 22, Petaling Jaya had recorded 3,452 dengue cases, with three fatalities; compared to 33,883 cases for the whole of Selangor with 50 deaths.

“On July 18, the Health Department had a large scale operation in 20 epidemic hotspots, and this will continue for one month.

“From July 18 until July 22, 16 hotspots have undergone ‘search-and-destroy’ operations, while 1,676 houses were inspected,” Mohd Azizi said.

He added that 144 places were found to contain mosquito breeding, with 54 compounds and one notice issued, while two construction sites were inspected and ordered to shut temporarily.

Yesterday was also the final full council meeting for veteran councillor Lee Suet Sen, and newly-joined Lee Soong Yee; both who had resigned and will serve until the end of this month.

Both outgoing councillors thanked the board for their assistance.

“I will miss Suet Sen’s presence, as his experience meant that he knew how to get things done, and his engineering background was invaluable in getting the city’s Transport Masterplan moving.

“It is also a pity that Soong Yee is leaving so soon after joining us in March, as I do not think five months is enough time for him to show us his capabilities,” said Mohd Azizi.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2016/07/28/councillors-show-proof-of-lack-of-budget-to-fix-riverbank/#MohvCBlXbVUiZZdO.99

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