MCA wants answers from MPSJ after Subang Jaya hit by flash floods

An area in USJ 14, Subang Jaya, affected by flash floods on Thursday. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has been urged to provide data of previous flash floods in Subang Jaya to see if previous drainage problems were linked with yesterday’s flash floods.

Selangor Wanita MCA chairperson Ong Chong Swen also called for remedial measures to prevent similar flash floods from striking again, claiming that drains are not being properly maintained.

“It clearly suggests that, doesn’t it?” she told FMT, referring to an MPSJ statement today that blamed water flow along a secondary main drain in Persiaran Murni, Jalan Perpaduan and Jalan Mulia for the floods.

Ong, who is also Wanita MCA secretary-general, said MPSJ must provide a history of flash floods in Subang Jaya and surrounding suburbs such as Puchong to study the cause of such drainage problems.

“We are stunned that such flash floods can hit Subang Jaya, a mature township that is fully developed and affluent.

“These residents are from the middle and upper classes. They are highly-educated professionals who have high expectations of the local authority.

“Such flash floods should not have occurred at all if MPSJ had been doing its work.”

Ong also asked if environmental impact assessments were conducted for any newly-constructed projects in Subang Jaya.

Major flash floods caused havoc and massive traffic jams in USJ and parts of Subang Jaya following heavy rain that lasted from 4.15pm to 6.30pm.

Affected areas in Subang included Persiaran Kewajipan, Jalan Persiaran, Subang Mewah, PJS 9/8, USJ 2/4Q, PJS 7/15, Jalan SS14, Persiaran Setia and Persiaran Tujuan.

Pictures and videos of damaged cars and vehicles driving through flooded stretches were widely shared on social media.

In a statement today, MPSJ deputy president Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali attributed heavy rainfall over a short period of time as one of the reasons for the flash floods.

MPSJ also conducted site visits and checks to ensure the drains were not obstructed, he said.

Ong, meanwhile, said that Subang MP Wong Chen and Subang Jaya state assemblyperson Michelle Ng could do better in managing the crisis.

“Being in power, they have better accessibility to enforcement officers to check if current construction projects abide by drainage requirements.

“Likewise, if allocations are needed to repair and maintain the drainage system, Pakatan Harapan is in a better position to source for allocations.”