Friday, January 05, 2018

Importance of Monsoon Drains

Last year's massive flooding has continued, spreading all over the country, which puts paid to Ahmad Zahid's prediction of a fall for the DAP in Penang because of the Island's inundation due to the skirt-effect of Typhoon Damrey.

Penang 2017 

Our Javanese lil' boy apparently lacks the Javanese wahyu (spiritual powers) to discern meanings in betel nut leaves and really should change to reading climatogical instead of cosmological flood predictions, wakakaka.

But alas, Pahang is now facing flood problems which led PKR's Fuziah Salleh to say the problem could be due to Kuantan facing a serious lack of monsoon drains. Sweetie said MPK had never had the mandatory monsoon drains in in place.

Kuantan 2018 

Sweetie is right and unless you have seen a monsoon drain I doubt you know what she has been talking about. Now, how many of you dear readers have really seen a monsoon drain?

When my Uncles (and my late dad) were kids and living in Brickiln Road during British colonial days, there were such humongous monsoon drains along that thoroughfare, and also along Macalister Road. But I did not see those anymore when I last visited Penang (2017).

Above not good enough for our type of rainfall 

Above is more like it, where even a truck could fall into it 

not as sharp and deep as the one above but also good for monsoon rainfall

As can be seen in above photos (2nd and 3rd) monsoon drains are massive and not your normal longkang-size drains. They are virtually low average-size rivers but far deeper and bigger than kampong streams or brooks.

The British colonial masters knew a thing or two about the necessity for monsoon drains in certain areas such as along Brickiln Road and Macalister Road in Penang.

Unless we build these at strategic locations our cities, towns, kampongs will continue to be flooded. Malaysia is a tropical country with massive rainfall, and Ahmad Zahidi should do well to remember this fact in his Javanese DNA-ed otak.

Ahmad Zahid, seorang 'Wong Pinter'

But housing developers and local councils will have to bear the associated costs in building these drains, which I know, when they are forced to, will pass on the costs to the house buyers.

Monsoon drains also pose dangers to children as the kids may be swept away in them during their full fast-flowing states, which I can assure you will look very frightening. As can be seen in 2nd photo on drains above, even a truck could fall into one.

Thus the monsoon drains should be well fenced up. This would naturally add on to the cost. But there cannot be compromise with safety, more so when it affects children and senior citizens.


  1. The difference is that Pahang is a fixed deposit state. Even extreme flood events will have little or no bearing on BN's overwhelming support base.

    Penang, however, will happily wash away DAP if they are seen to be unserious about tackling the flood problem.

    1. Not too sure about that, given that Penang looks like it is DAP's fixed-deposit, in which people will vote DAP come hell or high water.

    2. "come hell or HIGH WATER" - clever pun for subject, wakakaka