UPDATED: Miri infrastructures build to rot

Updated today (April 23rd)

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Well, this morning, after coming into its fifth day, the traffic lights has been fixed. The task took less than an hour but it should have been looked into on Monday afternoon. However, it should not take 27 years to happen.

Thank you to the City Council for the not-so-quick response.

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Posted on April 21st..

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This traffic lights at the junction to Jalan Bintang has been in that position since last Sunday morning. And, this morning (Tuesday), it is still like that.

I wonder how much time does the authority need to take, to repair it? A year? Or until someone gets into an accident and blame the traffic lights?

Don’t tell me that none of the hundreds of City Council staff did not use that road for the last three days!

OMG! Look at that pile of sand

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If you drive along the Miri-Pujut Road, you will not miss the numerous pile of sand that has been dredged out from the monsoon drain. No wonder Miri gets so much flash flood! Ask the contractor why it has not been cleared since the completion of that monsoon drain. The answer is simple – itu perentah tidak kasi budget pakei buang pasir lehh. Saya cuma bikin itu parit besar saja. It means, the government did not give us the budget to clear the drain at a regular interval. We are only given the tender to construct it.

Build to rot

With all this happenings, we are left to wonder if the authorities have proper plan for the maintenance of our infrastructure. The way I view it – I guess all our existing infrastructure are there to rot (until someone make a complaint – a written complaint).

By the time people complaint, they start to plan to make quick maintenance and when that happen, they will take funding from other budgets.

To the people concern, if you can’t be proactive in executing your job, please leave or resign, and make way for more capable young people. There are so many young graduates who wants the post, and these people do not need written complaint to act and save Miri Resort City from rotting!

Abundant water filled up homes in Miri

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Sarawak is water-rich; there is no doubt about it. – Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, CM of Sarawak. However, yesterday’s excessive water was uncalled for! True enough!! It filled up our homes yesterday evening.

It was a contrast to Borneo Post front page article.. Now’s its Keep Miri Flood-free TOO!

Piasau Jaya’s worst flash flood

Yesterday’s rain gave Miri its worst flash flood in 25 years. My parent’s home was under 2 feet (front and back yard) of water. The bedrooms and living room is under one foot of water.

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An immediate response from YB Andy Chia posted at my Facebook at 22:46pm on 12 April 2009.

Yes, I visited a few houses at Piasau Jaya to assess the situation around 7 pm…one resident said that he had not seen flash flood like that since moving into Piasau Jaya about 25 yrs ago. Weather man said that more than 50 mm of rainfall between 5pm and 7 pm [ 2 hours] in Miri today. A typical monthly rainfall for April is around 200mm. So you can imagine how heavy the rain was. Nevertheless, the relevant agencies will study to see what went wrong. We really feel sorry for houses affected.

YB Andy, ya.. we were among the first families to move to Piasau Jaya 25 years ago. And, indeed, last night flash flood was the worst.

1. The ex-mayor once asked us to build bund or dike on our doors to stop flash flood water from entering our homes! What a ridiculous idea! We later suggested to the City Council that they need to dig our drains (since it has not been …  cleared properly for ages – that was during that time, today, its being maintained at a regular interval).

2. We need more monsoon drain (or better termed as LARGER drain to provide efficient drainage system to more housing areas in Miri). The large drain along Miri-Pujut road (the road) is our alarm system. When the large drain is full, Piasau drains will be filled up. When it overflowed to the grass, Piasau back yard will be flooded. And when it overflow to the road, some homes will be filled up with flash flood. When it overflowed to more than 30% of the road, Piasau homes will experience the worst flash flood in its history.

I won’t be surprised if Permy Jaya is experiencing flash flood since that area is just less than a meter above sea level.

The only consolation for yesterday’s flash flood – it is less muddy.

A wet welcome for new Miri Resident

It is certainly a wet farewell for Datu Ose Murang who will be transferred to Kuching and a wet welcome for Miri’s new Resident – Dr. Ngenang Janggu.

Personally, I must congratulate Datu Ose for being the best Resident that Miri ever had. This man is so people-oriented and is approachable. He have performed well in many areas especially during disaster time. Heck.. he does read his email LOL..

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For the new Resident, we look forward to communicate with you via email (please send us a Read notification!) and please do something about Resident Office website! It has been under construction for ages! Gheeeeeeeee.. and talking about government blogs, facebook, YouTube, etc.. alamak! Datuk Seri Najib is far far far far ahead of you guys!