KOTA KINABALU: DBKK has solved 92 percent of complaints received by the department this year.
The Mayor, Datuk Abidin Madingkir, said he hopes for every issue to be settled by the end of this year.
“5,206 complaints have been received compared to 5,441 recorded last year,” he said during a press conference at DBKK event with local consumers at its department’s building.
These complaints, he said, include reports on problems related to street lights, drainage, squatters settlements, parking lots, and garbage, with the highest reports are about street light and drainage issues.
However, he explained that drainage problem is not the responsibility of DBKK alone, since the solution of the problem requires the cooperation of all parties including Pembinaan Kekal Mewah (PKM), and district councils.
“But for DBKK, we have a committee for flood prevention and mitigation.
“The committee is chaired by a deputy minister who is responsible for the department, and it is also include Putatan and Penampang district councils,” he said.
Speaking on flood issue, he said DBKK has a plan for both short and long term solution.
The department will continue to clean drains obstructed by wastes for its short term solution, and it is planning to build flood gaps to solve the problem in the long run.
“We cannot prevent flash flood because when it rains, water from the hill will flow down and coupled with tides from the sea will create flash flood at low areas.
“This is because global warming is contributing to the rise of sea level,” he added. -SayangSabah.