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Goodwill Walk


Goodwill walk at Merdeka Garden

About 70 residents from Merdeka Garden participated in the Goodwill Walk organised by Rukun Tetangga, Merdeka Garden. Subramaniam a/l Semalayappen, Organising Chairman of the walk said it was an activity to get the residents to come together and know each other. One of their events to socialise.

The four km walk was divided into four categories namely kindergarten, primary school children, open and veteran. The kindergarten children walked a distance of one km.

Special Guest for the event was R. Ragu who did the Merdeka Walk from Johore Baru to Kuala Perlis with his family. He shared his experience with the participants. They had to bear the rain and heat. Most importantly when they walked through village roads, they were greeted with cheers and smiles by the villagers. This encouraged them. Those interested in participating in this type of activity must practise.

Winners received trophies, medals and certificates. There was lucky draw for all the participants. The aim of the walk was achieved since many parents accompanied their children and met with parents of other participating children. It was like one big happy family.

A. Jeyaraj

Floods Hit Merdeka Garden & Surrounding Areas Again


Residents in a wide area covering Merdeka Garden, Taman Idris and Taman Muhibbah along Sungei Pari were badly affected by floods following a heavy downpour recently.

This was in spite of the flood mitigation project completed middle of this year at Merdeka Garden and the installation of a sump pump.

Houses in the flood prone area, which were not affected in the past, were flooded. Many of the occupants were caught unprepared when the water entered their houses.

In most cases, the floods caused the water closets in the bathrooms to overflow with sewage water. The worst affected roads were Jalan Sungai, Jalan Merdeka, Jalan Muhibbah, Jalan Hassan and Jalan Habib Abdullah.

Spokesman for the Residents Association, M.Bala, said that when new drains were constructed and roads paved in the areas, the levels of the roads were altered. Low ground became slightly higher and high ground became lower.

 He said the new drains were also under designed and could not cope with the excess water. The catchment pond was overflowing and the capacity of the sump pump not adequate to discharge the water fast.

Bala added that they had meetings with MBI, DID, PWD, Indah Water and Batu Gajah Land Office and until now there is no solution. 

 State  DID Director Dato Abdul Razak Dahalan, who was contacted regarding the floods, explained that the alert to switch on the pumps was received late.

He said the current pumps need to be started manually upon being alerted by the residents.

As to the floods solution, Dato Abdul Razak said retention ponds need to be constructed as proposed.  

The request for an allocation for the retention ponds and other remedial plans had been made to the federal government last year but the allocation is not forthcoming due to being diverted to more urgent locations.

 On a short term measure, work has started to enlarge the sump pump and is expected to be completed by end of next month. A larger automatic pump will also be installed to replace the pump currently in use.