Sunday, July 12

Don’t worry about soil erosion, traders told

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KUCHING: Traders at the row of old shophouses at the old Simunjan bazaar need not worry about soil erosion in the area as the problem was still within control.

Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri said as of now, the problem had not reached the dangerous level and instead, upgrading work was already on the way including the implementation of flood mitigation works in the area.

“So far, the problem is still manageable and there is no necessity to issue notice for the relocation of the traders there.

“In fact, the project to prevent soil erosion along Sungai Simunjan had already been approved and is implemented by Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID),” she told a news conference here recently.

Nancy said with the completion of the project, it was hoped that it would effectively help to alleviate the problems of flooding as well as erosion in the area.

She revealed that there were about five rows of shophouses at the old Simunjan bazaar with around 100 traders and shopkeepers.

He pointed out that a new commercial centre had been constructed in the nearby area to cater to the traders.

“We are always taking necessary precautions to face any uncertainty. We don’t want to face a similar incident (Simunjan flood) like the one in 2009 again,” she said.

Meanwhile, on a separate issue, Nancy refuted claims that she was not media friendly and seldom went to the ground.

“To me, what is more important is serving the people. I will not make statements in the media
until it materialises,” she explained.

She said that she preferred to render her service to the people without making it public.

“It does not mean that when I don’t appear in the newspapers, I am not going to the ground,” she said.

Batang Sadong comprises three state constituencies, namely Sadong Jaya, Gedong and Simunjan with an estimated population of 56,000 people where 15,898 of them are registered voters.