GEORGE TOWN: The Penang authorities ought to look into the plight of some 15 vegetable farmers whose livelihoods have been badly affected by the perennial floods in Kampung Pertama, Permatang Pauh.
Penang MCA chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng stated the farmers would endure losses at any time when heavy rain left their farms flooded.
“They hope Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow might assist resolve the problem as soon as and for all.
“The farmers had sought assist from a number of elected representatives however to no avail,” he stated in a press release on Tuesday (Nov 16).
Tan stated every farmer would lose on common RM3,000 at any time when his farm was flooded.
“The quantity of losses suffered by 15 farmers will probably be RM45,000.
“The state authorities ought to view their issues severely,” he stated.
Tan believed the state authorities had already identified the foundation of the issue – that the floodgates weren’t opened on time at any time when there have been heavy rains.
“This induced the farms to be flooded,” he stated.
Tan stated the social gathering would meet the vegetable farmers to collect all of the related particulars and knowledge pertaining to the problem.
“We’ll search assist from the state authorities and different related departments to assist the vegetable farmers. We‘ll attempt our greatest to resolve the problem as quickly as potential.
“There have to be a complete flood mitigation plan in place, together with that set up of extra water pumps at strategic areas.
“That is important to pump out waters, particularly when there’s excessive tide or heavy rains,” he stated.