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Mojigoh assures Chinese traders

Published on: Monday, July 07, 2014

Putatan: MP Datuk Marcus Mojigoh assured the Chinese business community here that continuous efforts are being taken to address three pertinent issues - traffic congestion, power outages and flash floods - affecting the people in the district.

"These problems are what the people in Putatan have been telling me all this while. So as the elected representative, I have to do something about it," said Mojigoh.

Speaking to the delegation from Putatan Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) led by its new President Frankie Liew at his Parliament office in Ketiau near here, Mojigoh said he had spoken to the Prime Minister and raised the matters again in Parliament.

On the traffic congestion, he said other than widening of the road, he had proposed for an alternative route to be built to ease the volume of traffic on the main road.

He said the Public Works Department had agreed to it and fund was available to build a Bailey bridge for the alternative road but the Drainage and Irrigation Department, on the other hand, did not give the approval.

"I will be meeting with the department again," he said.

Mojigoh said he had also personally inspected the flash flood problem in Petagas and found that some of them were caused by uncleared cut grass, which clogged the drainage.

Another was the squatters problem where part of the houses were built in the river making it difficult for clearing works to be done.

According to him, the flood mitigation project in Putatan had been estimated to cost about RM1.46 billion, which included works to rehabilitate the river.

He said it would be very costly to repair all the rivers in Putatan as some of them were lower than the sea level.

On the third issue, Mojigoh said he concurred with the PCCCI that frequent blackouts were hurting the business sector badly.

"In the recent Parliament sittings, I have questioned the reason for the government to increase the electricity tariff but continue to give the people poor power supply," he said.

Mojigoh said with the Kimanis gas-fired power plant being commissioned and hopefully the power woes could be addressed.

He said the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water had informed him that the power plants in Sabah were quite old and needed more Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

He encouraged investors such as those from PCCCI to look into constructing an IPP to assist in addressing the power shortage in the State.

Meanwhile, Mojigoh expressed gratitude to Liew and delegation for paying the courtesy call.

"As far as I am concerned the Chinese in Putatan are all supporters of Barisan Nasional (BN). In the last election all the Chinese voted for BN," he said.