Where Is Your Election Promise; Flood Prone House Owner Asks BN

An overhead view of the flood situation on Feb 21, 2016, in Kampung Endap, Kota Samarahan, about 30 km from Kuching, Sarawak.
An overhead view of the flood situation on Feb 21, 2016, in Kampung Endap, Kota Samarahan, about 30 km from Kuching, Sarawak.

KUCHING – A family living in a flood-prone area in Mukah, Sarawak is pleading with the Barisan Nasional (BN) to fulfill its repeated promise to build them a wooden walkway to escape the waters.

In a report Wednesday, The Borneo Post highlighted the troubles of a small group of villagers in Kampung Tellian Ulu whose lives are put on the line every time there’s a downpour.

Gerita Ayom, 46, reportedly said she had asked the village chief and district officer many times for the walkway to be built, and was informed that it would be done soon.

“We are appealing to the government to look into the problem faced by my family as every time it rains or there’s high tide, we have to brave the flood waters (to leave the house).

“The rest of the houses in Tellian Ulu are provided with walkways by the authorities and all the neighbours from both sides of our house have walkways built. However, it is sad to see our house has no walkway built to link it to the kampung,” she was quoted as saying.

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In photographs taken last month, one of Gerita’s children is shown wading through flood waters that are almost chest-high, while the wooden planks placed by the family to connect their house on stilts to the other parts of the village is seen submerged in the waters.

Gerita, who has stayed in the same house for 20 years, said her children often had to wade through flood waters to go to work in Mukah.

Her brother Ben said that promises were made to the family in past election campaigns that the walkway will be built, but lamented that it has yet to be built.

“Until today it is not fulfilled, which saddens us as loyal citizens to the present BN (Barisan Nasional) government.

“My late mother Retani Sebal passed away two years ago and she also appealed to the government to build the walkway in the past,” he was also quoted as saying.

Noting that the wet season is approaching and the family would have to face flood waters every day soon, he expressed hope that the elected people’s representatives in Tellian and Mukah would help address their plight.