Strengthen, deepen Keningau rivers, says Pairin’s ministry
Ministry has urged the District Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) to straighten and deepen rivers which threaten the safety of the people and Government properties.
“I wanted the department to act more proactively in handling the problem of rivers in this district,” said the ministry’s political secretary, Daniel Kinsik after he visited several flood-hit rivers here yesterday.
Daniel said he had been directed by Deputy Chief Minister and Rural Development Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan to look into the problem. “Datuk (Pairin) also wanted Government departments to go down to the ground to do inspection and estimate the maintenance cost of the rivers, including the amount of damage caused to Government projects by the recent floods,” he said.
The rivers visited by Daniel were Bariawa, Pampang and Liawan which overflowed and damaged the nearby roads, houses and public facilities.