Irresponsible to blame P’pang folks: Upko
Published on: Thursday, July 02, 2020
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Kota Kinabalu: The United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko) strongly objects to the Facebook statement by political activist, Zainal Ajamain, who blamed Penampang residents’ stubbornness and selfishness for the flooding in the district. 

 “It is an irresponsible statement that has incited anger and resentment among the people of Penampang, especially those living in the upper region of Moyog,” said Upko Penampang Division Chief cum Upko Deputy President Datuk Donald Peter Mojuntin (pic). 

 “First of all, flooding occurred in 10 districts in Sabah, namely, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Penampang, Keningau, Tuaran, Tenom, Pitas, Beaufort, Membakut and Papar.

 “Secondly, there are a lot of factors contributing to flooding in any district. In Penampang, apart from run-off due to depleting catchment areas, hill cutting, reclamation for housing, development of township, housing estates and industrial zones, poor maintenance and planning of drainage are also causes of flooding in the plains of Penampang,” he said. 

He said these are well known facts and have been mentioned numerous times by many, including the local authority. 

“Before coming up with a theory and making a wildly accusatory and insulting statement, a reasonable person would make a proper study and research on the geography and topography of the area and the communities living in Penampang,” he said. 

He said the people in the upper Moyog area have always been planting rubber and fruit trees as their source of income, as well as lemon grass and pineapples as cash crops. 

“They no longer practise shifting cultivation as before except for a very small number of people. Rubber and fruit trees are equivalent to trees in the forest which retain water and the source of water for the river and the dam in Babagon. 

“It is grossly irresponsible for Ajamain to blame the innocent people living in upper Moyog for the constant flooding we are experiencing today.” 


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