Tuan Ibrahim Should Answer For The Flood Devastation
As of Christmas Day, AFP reported death toll at 46 for the flood catastrophe hitting six states in Peninsular Malaysia, including unexpectedly Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Three days earlier Al Jazeera reported death at 27 and affected victims an estimated 70,000.
With Pahang and East Coast only began to get submerged under water, the casualty can only be expected to get higher.
The casualty cost has not been announced, but estimates floating on social media range from RM10 to RM20 billion. If the economic impact and ESG fallout to the country's FDI considered, a 5 times multiplier could translate to at least RM100 billion.
Being the most developed and the centre point for the nation, the financial burden for Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, which His Majesty Agong described as similar to the great flood of 1971, could likely be phenomenal.
The weather is God's will. Federal and Selangor state government less than desirable preparedness and response have extensively, openly and heavily criticised on social media. The grumbling on the assistance to the largely B40 segment affected only began. If the cause is due to negligence of government department, it will grow louder.
Few Facebookers raised the issue early but media only reported on the poor dam management by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage 2 days ago. DID falls under the Ministry for Environment and Water (Malay pseudonym KASA) and the Minister is Dato' Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
NST reported a flood victim blamed "lack of proper coordination between the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), Selangor Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and the people on Dec 19 contributed to the large scale devastation wrought by the flood."
The victim blamed Selangor DID for releasing the water without prior warning to the affected population on the Sunday, December 19. He is seeking accountability, responsibility and compensation from the authority. He suffered RM100,000 worth of losses and another victim living from hand to mouth estimated loss is between RM50,000 to RM60,000.
On former Deputy Minister Dato Hamim Samuri's FB, his attempt to explain the weather situation was rebutted by a commentator demanding explanation for the Ulu Langat river water level rise by 1 meter in 15 minutes.
As early as December 21st, FBer Zam Yahya highlighted that the blame for the devastation lies with the pathetic management of the Semenyih Dam by DID.
From eyewitness account, Zam Yahya again explained in the above diagram why the dam release flooded Pekan Batu 18 Ulu Langat all the way to Batu 10 near Cheras but no flood for Sungai Congkak. Witness saw water raise abruptly out of control.
The potentially affected area by the river should be alerted with sirens or SMS warnings. And, there should be sufficient time and not indiscriminately allow water level to rise by 1 meter within 15 minutes at Pekan Batu 18.
The poor management of the Klang Gate and Semenyih dam explained for sudden water rise that flooded the Masjid along Jalan Tun Perak and the devastation in Ulu Langat.
In a video teleconference, PPIM brought an eyewitness to account of the happening at Sogo shopping complex the Saturday night. The speed the water was rising was fishy. It points to the question of how the water was released by the dam at Klang Gate.
Why was it released at one go?
Failure to prepare
Facebookers realised the rain was not heavy for such massive flood and it was due to the dam water release.
Mahadi Mahbol claimed water was being stored for La Nina and expected water will be release soon.
Perhaps he was being sinister because there was no La Nina in sight and the Met have been forecasting rain for east coast and few days before the massive flood, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur was included.
The concern is should rain continue for few more days run the risk of other dams are nearing full
The competency of the management at both the Ministry and operational level is suspect.
The problem at Taman Sri Muda still relate to DID. There is widespread problem of the broken water pumps administered by the Selangor state department.
DID have been spending on Flood Warning System and Management.
Obviously it failed to be delivered. Suspicion arised.
The prevalence of political expediency and compromise on competency is worrisome
Through all this, Tuan Ibrahim is no where to be found. He left for Mekah and Medina to do umrah.
The most infuriating part is he issued a statement in absence to warn of the flood on Saturday 18 as deception to cover his absence and in anticipation of anger on his absence and poor dam management. Harakah was doing damage control to promote his RM10,000 donation.
Over the weekend, the absent Tuan Ibrahim caused public anger for statement to blame public for not taking weather forecast seriously. The government themselves failed to take the weather forecast seriously and mobilised machinery before the two days rain. Dato Nazri Aziz reprimanded Tuan Ibrahim.
The pious Tuan Ibrahim does not shoot his mouth at will, but he is quite capable for speaking without understanding the subject matter. Something prevalent in the post GE14 Ministerial cabinets.
He has to answer for the failure of DID and his Ministry under his watch. The public waited and will keep waiting. Him and five family member are found positive for Covid 19.
Coincident or convenience, lets pray for their wellness
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