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Fearful Tanjung Bungah Residents Stage Protest


GEORGE TOWN - The massive floods of Nov 4 and 5 continue to worry Penang folk who are still haunted by the nightmares caused by the 15-hour storm.

Sixty-year-old Julie Lim still lives in fear since 1.5m of floodwaters inundated her ground floor Taman Setia flat in Tanjung Bungah.

The grandmother had to stand on her bed and cradle her 10-month-old grandson on Nov 5.

“I had no choice but to carry my grandson and stand on the bed for over an hour until help arrived,” she said when met at a protest by more than 100 residents in the area yesterday.

“Everything I own is gone, nothing could be salvaged. But I managed to grab my personal documents before leaving for higher ground,” she said.

The residents signed a petition calling for an investigation into the cause of the floods and to rectify the problem.

Management committee chairman Wong Fook Kong said 30 homes were affected by the floods, which also damaged 115 cars and 87 motorcycles.

“We are not pointing the finger at anyone but we need this to be the first and the last of such floods.

“Penangites deserve to live in peace and without fear of loss of life or loss of property due to floods,” he said.

Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu, who was present at the protest, said the outdated drainage system was the main cause of the floods.

“I will hand over the signed petition to Local Government and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow during the state assembly sitting today,” he said.


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