KL floods: Smart Tunnels not so ‘smart’

Yes, it was raining cats and dogs last night. When I was attending a wedding dinner in Kuala Lumpur last night, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok told me that the main street of Salak South was under  3 feet of water and still rising. 

So, what has happened to the ‘flood solving’ Smart Tunnels? Aren’t the tunnels were completed and put into operation for about a month now? This was the question we asked among ourselves around the table. DAP SG Lim Guan Eng, Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai and Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun were also with us. 

Today’s The Star and other Chinese newspapers reports confirmed that Pudu, Salak South and Ampang were flooded yesterday evening ‘waist high’. Looks like the Smart Tunnels are not so ‘smart’ after all.

Also yesterday, I was alerted that the RM2.1 billion Smart Tunnels was a shoddy work. I have done an initial inspection with the help of a water-proofing expert in the afternoon and have taken some pictures(to be uploaded later).

What I saw was ‘very disturbing’  and ‘mind-boggling’. Those who traveled at high speed would not be able to see anything unsual. But wait till you slow down. Remember to switch on your hazard lights for the safety of yours and other tunnel users if you want to do so.

We are now looking for experienced and highly qualified structural engineers to help us to do a thorough inspection in the interest of all Smart Tunnels users. Any volunteers? Rest assured that we will not reveal the identity of the experts who helped us in the inspection.

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