“The truth is these are the consequences of reckless, negligent and criminal urban planning – period!”
Consumerist: Adverse Town Planning & Corruption The Cause Of Flash Flood?
Call it stupidity, foolish talk, idiotic statements or plain incompetence!
And these idiots are so predictable and we the victims are supplied with a rerun of excuses that have been going on for decades!
And the fresh announcements and statements come after last week’s flash flood that caused economic loss, damage to vehicles, threatened lives and brought the true face of administrative and bureaucratic impotence to light!
Flash floods are not a new phenomenon in any part of the country.
We have had it so many times and the chorus of excuses pathetic!
The latest statements easily show we do not have the right leadership material taking the lead of such matters.
And because we have morons, pencil pushing idiots and politicians in charge – the symphony of excuses are the same!
They blame record breaking rains, the adverse impact of global warming and the climate change?
These policymakers and their highly paid “town planners and city hall insects” already know from experience that our cities cannot endure an intensity of more than 80mm per hour.
It is plain foolishness to blame our geographical location to account for the mess we continue to find ourselves.
Is the mother of all answers and the grandmother of all solutions the need to build a multi-billion ringgit underground waterway big enough to serve as an outlet for water to flow out of the city?
I am sure the contractors and the politicians behind them will be laughing all the way to the bank be it the solution or not?
My advice has always being simple!
No rocket science this!
Let us look at the efficiency of existing tunnels, culverts, water retention ponds, our clogged drains!
Let us look at where our town planning has gone disastrously wrong!
It is stupid to now say we have to identify which mega project has undermined the city, and they should face legal action!
The truth is these are the consequences of reckless, negligent and criminal urban planning – period!
The Gospel truth we are all avoiding is this is the adverse impact of which got aggravated because all the natural flood discharge channels of our towns, cities got blocked because of ill planned and not long termed and visioned constructions.
If only bona fide town planners had protected and preserved our natural water bodies and drainage channels – we could have mitigated.
We may not have been able to control the rains, but we could have definitely controlled the flood situation.
Let us first start by stopping short-sighted urban planning as they are certainly connected to the impact of such disasters.
Secondly, can all of us get off our backsides and at every city and town conduct a walk-a-bout to survey what immediate can be done in the cities and towns that we have planned so awkwardly to prevent flash flood and the destruction they wreck on us consumers!
I cannot but wonder what catastrophic disaster will mega projects including Bandar Wawasan and PNB 118 will bring to this city in both the present and the future?
Malaysia is not alone here as many countries who share this ill-gotten town planning scenario will face the same disasters from all kinds of calamities – floods, cyclones, droughts, tsunamis, avalanches, cloudbursts, landslides which in all fairness may be considered to be linked to unpredictable changes in climate patterns.
It is not just economic loss, it is going to cause!
A World Bank report already predicts that in the next 15 years, an additional 100 million people, could get pushed into poverty due to the adverse impact of climate change on agriculture and public health with more frequent disease outbreaks.
In this climate, town planners and city hall must rise to their true calling, behave as such and not be tempted, and swayed by corruption at its highest levels!
Do the right thing!