Kg Sentosa flood mitigation project to commence in a few months, says rep


Chieng (front, second left) hands over the dates to Ramli, as Buong Toon (right) and others look on. – Photo by Peter Boon

SIBU (March 27): The tender process for the Kampung Sentosa flood mitigation project here – estimated to cost more than RM30 million – has been completed and works are expected to commence in a few months’ time, said Joseph Chieng.

The Bukit Assek assemblyman said based on reports by the Department of Drainage and Irrigation (DID), the selection of a contractor is underway.

“For (Kampung) Sentosa flood mitigation plan, it was actually approved about three years ago but due to the design stage, Covid-19 pandemic and cost of materials going up, we had to increase the budget – causing a slight delay (in the project).

“Fortunately, we’ve already done the tender process and the report from the DID stated they are going to choose the contractor. With this, I believe we will start (the project) in a few months’ time,” he said, adding he hoped the project would resolve the flash flood issue in the area.

He said this when met after handing over dates to Masjid Al-Muhajirin in Sentosa, Salim here yesterday.

Adding on, Chieng said the initial cost of the project was RM25 million, but this has now gone up to RM30 million due to the increase in the cost of materials.

Touching on the maintenance of Masjid Al-Muhajirin Mosque, he noted water was dripping from its awnings, adding that he would follow up on the matter with the Public Works Department.

The assemblyman also disclosed that under his Rural Transformation Project (RTP) allocation, RM300,000 has been set aside for the upgrading of feeder roads, and another RM300,000 for drainage improvement works for the village.

Among those present at the event were Sarawak United People’s Party Bukit Assek chairman Datuk Chieng Buong Toon, Masjid Al-Muhajirin chairman Ramli Hussin, and Kampung Usahajaya Baru village chief Mohd Ali Serani.