16th of August – We have just completed our meeting with expert civil engineers, Mr Hoo and Mr Naicker. To summarise; the engineers need access to the following data from MPSJ:
1. Definitive locations where the floods happened. 2. Flood levels of these locations. The flood levels need to be measured relative to fixed points. 3. Drainage layout drawings of these locations. 4. Historical information on the frequency of these flashflood locations.
We are also in constant touch with YB Michelle, who is on the ground. We have also contacted several MPSJ councillors. YB Michelle will be coordinating the MPSJ activities and an MPSJ briefing has been set for Tuesday next week. My volunteer engineers will be providing advisory and second opinion to MPSJ actions in the coming days.
victims of the flood, you can visit my office for information.
Alternatively you can meet my volunteer lawyers who will be in my office
at 8 pm, next Wednesday night (21st August) to answer your legal
15th of August – A major flash flood which lasted less than an hour, has caused havoc and massive jam in USJ and Subang. I have been told that parts of Shah Alam have reported similar problems. Reports of affected Subang areas are Persiaran Kewajipan, Persiaran Subang Mewah, PJS 9/8, USJ 2/4q, PJS 7/15, Jalan SS14, Persiaran Setia, and Persiaran Tujuan.
are also pictures and videos of cars damaged and floated away. I am in
touch with YB Michelle, she too was caught in a massive jam but is fine otherwise. The police are also in contact, so far no reported injuries (and hopefully none).
Tomorrow, my office will join YB Michelle’s office to enquire with MPSJ
and other government authorities on the cause of the flood, and what
mitigation steps can be taken. All victims of the flood can contact my
office tomorrow for further assistance and enquiries.
7th of August – Good morning from Taipei. This is our last day here and we will be taking the 3 pm flight back to KL. This morning, we had a breakfast meeting with HE Ambassador Ger. I met Ambassador Ger last month in Kuala Lumpur. This was a very good follow up meeting and our team asked many public policy questions. We have much to learn from Taiwan on matters regarding the environment, agriculture, SME and trade.
YB Hassan asked about the Taiwanese approach to chemical spills, so that he can bring
back some fresh ideas for Pasir Gudang. YB Jugah asked about
agricultural and land reform policies. Ambassador Ger was very
interested to learn more about Sarawak culture. I asked about trade
economics, SME and price controls.
We will be leaving early before the conference ends, as we will not be a
signatory to the joint communique. Our role here is to observe and
network with MPs of Pacific islands on climate change. On that front, I
am happy to report that I have developed a good relationship with MPs
from the Solomon Islands. I also met and struck up a freindship with Mr
Klaikong (Future Forward Party) from Thailand. Thailand, like Malaysia
is also here as observers.
Yesterday, at the official dinner I
sat next to the head of delegation from Mongolia, Mr. Sukhbat. He
explained to me that he owned 500 horses and was the Grand National
Wrestling Champion of Mongolia. Another Mongolian MP, a direct
descendant of Ghenghis Khan gave us a mini concert of traditional songs.
I am not particularly fond of conferences (I don’t like the long hours
flying), but occasionally these special encounters are simply priceless.
We also managed to catch up with Sharon Ho, officer from the
Malaysian office here in Taipei. Sharon provided invaluable support to
us during our 3 days here. Lastly, we are grateful to the Taiwanese for
their tremendous hospitality. A big thank you to Juliet Chu for being a
great local guide.
6th of August – Good morning from Taipei. The sun gets up very early here, around 5.45 am. I have been awake since then and working on the conference notes.
I have a few sideline meetings lined up, one with the
Solomon Islands MPs who are interested in anti-corruption reforms. I
will be making a recommendation on unexplained wealth legislation. While
at home, this policy has fallen on deaf ears, I hope my islander
friends will consider my recommendations more seriously. I also have
another sideline meeting with Taiwan
officials, to discuss price control mechanisms of domestic goods. In
Taiwan, they do not focus on price control mechanisms, but have an
anti-stockpiling approach. This Taiwan approach is public policy genius
Overall, I will
be discussing climate change SDG 13 to the Pacific islander MPs. All of
these islands are extremely vulnerable to coastal erosion, rising waters
and negative impact to their fish stock (mainstays of their economies
are tourism and fishing).
Japan is going to bring up the subject
of Indo-Pacific security. However my simple 2 day assessment with other
delegates, seems to indicate that they don’t think much about the big
“geo-political” issues. Their primary concerns are very much localised
to climate action.
As such, I think the geo-political matter
will not be the hot topic. Instead climate change will take precedence
and dominate in the conference here. This is good for me, since I have
been focusing on climate change for the last 4 months. This conference
will give me first hand climate impact knowledge from MPs from these
Back at home, I understand that my Subang
constituents are facing the issue of the KESAS u-turn closure on 10th
August. I was contacted by YB Michelle on Sunday, when I landed in
Taipei, and I helped her with contacts to the deputy minister (Anuar
Tahir) and minister of works (Baru Bian). I have also instructed my
professional volunteers James and Ho (civil engineer, local housing
expert) to assist her on technical issues.
So last night, James
gave a briefing to YB Michelle and MPSJ councillors at JKP Zon 4 hall. I
have been informed that the issue of the temporary closure of the KESAS
u-turn has been postponed for the time being by the minister.
Postponement is good, but we still need a longer term solution.
As for the multiple Poh Toh events in Kinrara, Mr. Leong, my chief
volunteer and whom my officers and interns fondly call the 2nd boss, has
been dilligently attending on my behalf. Some people say he looks a bit
like me! Mr.Ho and Mr. Gabriel are also on standby to represent me in
5th of August – End of Day 2 in Taipei. The Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) organised in early morning, a visit to Tzu Chi Foundation recycling centre. We observed their recycling efforts and also discussed climate change. The volunteers at the foundation were very engaging. I was most impressed by their dedication to make the world greener.
that, we had lunch with Madam Francis Lee from MoFA, and Dr Shawn Chang
from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In this very formal
work meeting, I discussed geo-political issues at length with Madam
Lee. I also spoke about climate change with Shawn and his EPA team.
At 3pm, the forum formally started with organisational and
administrative notes and the finalising of the conference timetable. I
met and had good short talks with delegates from Thailand, Solomon
Islands, Mongolia, Japan and Taiwan.
After that we had a formal
welcome dinner hosted by the Taiwan Speaker. This dinner was very fun,
with live music and dancing. After the formal but fun dinner, our host
took us to Shilin night market where I met up my former volunteer,
Apsara. Apsara is pursuing her Mandarin course in Taipei. I will write
about the Shilin street market food experience in a separate posting.