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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Was it really smart?

UPDATE
10 March 2009

As someone who works for SMART, but was not involved at a political level I can tell you the reason why... SMART can only divert floodwaters from the Sg Klang and Sg Ampang. On this flood event, the floodwaters came from Sg Batu. SMART did everything that it could - there were no floodwaters that it could divert through the tunnel because the water came from a different area. Blame politics if you think but dont blame the operations of the tunnel.

stormwatertunnel at gmail.com

Posted by Anonymous to Niamah!!! at 1:37 PM


Photo from Bernama
Chaos as flash floods hit city........The New Straits Times
Thousands caught unawares as 2m-high flash floods hit KL..........The Star


Photo from The Sun

Flash floods wreak havoc in KL; thousands stranded...The Sun

I sympathise with the thousands of Malaysians who were caught in the massive traffic gridlock caused by floods in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas. Including my wife who took 2 and a half hours to make the journey home when it would normally take her 20 minutes.

Are you fed-up?
Are you angry?
Are you frustrated?
Are you going to say, "Hiyah naer mine la. Like that one la. Malaysia ma."

Or are you going to say/shout/scream/vote ......

"I'M MAD AS HELL AND I WON'T TAKE THIS ANYMORE!!!"



Photo from The Sun

Maybe it is also time to ask all those YB's responsible if all those billions of our tax-payers money spent on the SMART tunnel was such a smart move after all.

NIAMAH!!!

Comment:


It was pointed out to me that...

According to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall flood information centre, the floods began at 5pm after a downpour.

Enforcement officer Chief Insp Lamli Musa said the flood waters began to recede after the Smart Tunnel was closed to traffic to enable flood operations.

So the floods began at 5 pm. Waters got up to 2 meters. Then the SMART tunnel was closed to traffic and that caused the waters to recede. Ahhhhh....I see. Stupid me! I always thought the SMART was built to PREVENT floods. Now I know that it is to make flood waters recede. Meaning that floods will still happen whenever there is heavy rains. But wait ah...what the Chief Inspector fler didn't say was that the tunnel closure also meant total, horrendous traffic grid lock. So think about it. Whatever happens WE lose. Heads they win, tails we lose. Sound familiar?

p/s Was that a Star typo or is his name really Lamli? Hahahahahaha...sorry Lamli.



70 comments:

Anonymous said...

According to the Star,

"Enforcement officer Chief Insp Lamli Musa said the flood waters began to recede after the Smart Tunnel was closed to traffic to enable flood operations."

So the SMART tunnel do work, but maybe not too smart. Only when water reach 2M then it start to be operational.

What do you expect, boleh land maa....

Anonymous said...

Uncle Patrick,
Remember you posted the article that Federal Territories Minister's plan to spend our taxpayer's money in the amount of RM7.0 Billion in making KL, Putrajaya, Labuan WORLD CITIES. All it takes just 2 hours of heavy downpour in KL and a flash flood that caused chaotic to our lives. Simple problem of maintaining the drainage system these goons cannot handle now want to dream of KL becoming World Cities...With this kind of poor maintenance mentality..even if there is, it will cost a bomb..we are doom whenever there's heavy downpour.
Another example..what happen to the intelligent toilets in KL that cost over RM1 million...must give a check whether it's functioning to fits its purpose.

psycho007 said...

smart tunel is a tunnel and its hidden. when the bn is banging money opemly and the police siding the govt openly,whatdo you expect.

Sang Kancil said...

Anon @4:31 PM, good you mention those "intelligent toilets"! Remember, those "intelligent toilets" were launched by Najib Najis! Still remember those photos of him in front of the "intelligent toilet" and two Malay ladies in Malay cultural dance clothes? Najib Najis had a horny look on his face...

Anonymous said...

It is a nature call "Songkran" come early for Kuala Lumpur.

Only a "BIG" change will prevent the "Songkran".

electrocutioner said...

Anon 4:31
Remember you posted the article that Federal Territories Minister's plan to spend our taxpayer's money in the amount of RM7.0 Billion in making KL, Putrajaya, Labuan WORLD CITIES?...
WATERWORLD!!!!

Anonymous said...

Morons, Idiots or Nimkampooks they will be anyone of these.

Malaccan view said...

Pat,no other words than to say:TIU NIAMAH FU LAT to whover manage our KL city...We claim to 1st world city,but 3rd world city management.

Patricia said...

Hahaha, Patrick, no matter how angry you get, you always find a way to make me laugh! So, thank you. Your 'Lamli' quip just killed me!!!

plebian said...

was looking forward for your blog on the meet with Menteri Besar of Selangor session? Nothing to blog about that, then what abt the kopi or kuih?

Anonymous said...

Venice came to KL

CHIA, Chin Yau said...

Pat, KL is a wonderful city. It turns to Venice after rain, it shows to the world how we Malaysian manage to live in such a city. And you know we have a smart tunnel smart enough to turn KL into a Giant Sunway Lagoon for free.

Next time, do remember, bring along your swimsuit when coming out from home!

amoker said...

No apologies. It is nature's fault. Crap government and lousy tunnel. the tunnel seemed to be more for profit than the water.

new fart said...

Aiyah..what do you expect from a kampong mentality government. Action misti mau mah. Look good outside okay oledi so why bother inside when nothing really works.
Of course it is going to flood every time it rains heavily. Just look around the city, most drains are shamefully clogged, either due to lack of clearing by city hall or construction sites nearby with debris thrown every where and muddy deposits allow to be flowed into drains whenever it rains. World class city my foot! Talk can lah but do??? Niahmah!

Malaysia Clowns said...

It should be a typo. His name should be Lampa given his prompt attitude in fixing things right. Damn.

Patrick, can you do something to fix up Malaysia? She f**ked up by these clowns and red tape administrators!

Anonymous said...

niamah and more tulan.

SMART ASS !

Anonymous said...

Newsflash : The thunderstorm floods gave the Tourism minsitry another great idea to sell KL to the world!
Tourists now can enjoy 2 new attractions when they come to KL for holidays :-
(1)Sightsee KL, Venice of the East in authentic sampans( when they plug the Smart tunnel so the the waters don't recede)
(2) Enjoy the Thrills & experience the excitement of How to Survive a Monsoon Flash Flood! (life jackets included)
'First' world City my A$#!

Anonymous said...

Hey Pat,

Since now we know that the SMART Tunnel is built to recede water when there is a flood, now probably the government can do a SMART 2 / CLEVER tunnel to prevent flood.

If that doesn't work, they can create or invent other kind of methods.

If still doesn't work, maybe we should modify our vehicles so that it can be driven submerged under water like the James Bond movie, that definitely will be solve the problem. The government don't want us to burden them too much you know. Malaysia people boleh maa....

Johan A Lumley said...

Next project for World City KL.....50billion NajisDolla to be spent upgrading existing Potong Harga cars to be amphibious vehicles ('Froggy' is flavour of the year, mah!) so as to ease traffic jams in flash flood areas while waiting for SMART tunnel to become operational.

aud said...

I am a malaysian but living overseas for the past 5 years. I love M'sia is a place where I grew up, from an infant to my early twenties. I always thought of going back home for good since it's my country. With all these nonesenses going on with the politicians, corruptions, brainless, selfishness and useless. It made me think twice EVERYTIME.

When can we able to flip this situation? How long do we need to suffer? How long do we need to tolerate?

aiyo said...

Always love the way you see things.

Anonymous said...

it is not important how much water flows through the tunnel... how much "water" flows through their pocket is!

Vernette said...

Hey guys, do you know that no one sees them maintaining the drainage system (if they ever do that la), they only do high profile stuff like announcing the RM7billion "intention" la! you think the ppl will thank them for cleaning some underground drainage system? are you out of your minds??

RIP said...

We are already promoting something called Health Tourism.

Now we can introduce another tourism product may be we called it "KL Rainy Tourism". The Arabs surely love to visit.

Azlina should take advantage of this afterall she is in desire needs of new tourism product.

Anonymous said...

My dear aud,

Please be patient. Comes next GE you may not need to think twice. You may get ready to return to the real Bolehland after the next GE as by that time the situation would definitely be flipped. Trust my words as observed by the ways things are unfolding each day.

Niamah to our SMART tunnel. Niamah to the Minister of FT but not Niamah to the new Mayor of DBKL yet as he just took over office not long ago. We shall wait for a while to see how he performs. If he can't, then we can also say NIAMAH to him, too.

Anonymous said...

One commenter wrote that cars must be submersible and I believe so IF YOU THINK OF USING THE TUNNEL DURING WET SPELLS. It was lucky the water level rose 2 metres. What if the flood level goes higher? 3 meters, 4 metres, more? This is possible in view of drastic world climate changes. One foot of snow just fell in New York area. Then the water level would exceed maximum level and water would enter the tunnel. What if because the exit roads are jam packed because of accident (possible due to poor visibility, slippery road surface, rush home, rising tempers) and broken down vehicles due to floods. The vehicles in the tunnel would not be moving if at all at snail pace. Now the water level in the tunnel also rises because the amount of water increases very quickly. For the huge amount of water to flow the water level in the tunnel MUST rise. So now I see why the commenter suggest submersible cars. I would add that oxygen tanks be included. Otherwise experience real life Indiana Jones Adventure right on home ground. Run with the thundering water chasing and trying to engulf you. My advice to friends last year to avoid the tunnel during wet season is now proven to be good advice.

Anonymous said...

U said Pat, our government very good at spending our $$$. Talk oni. Tiu Niah Seng Kaw kaw. Vote for BN lah...( BN stands for Banjir Nanti)

Hitam Had said...

Of course the tunnel is 'smart", it's the operators who are stupid.

I remember the stories told in the 60's on how Malayans who took over the management of foreign companies had set the tone for how Malaya will manage its resources in the future. For example, the workers in the tin mines could sleep through thunderstorms, heavy rains etc if they had a Malayan manager...but their foreign managers would make them go out in the middle of the night to check on the bunds and water levels at the first sign of a thunderstorm.
Pax.

Anonymous said...

Got Smart Tunnel but no smart people to manage lah. However, this is God's fault what. He never give warning before sending rain. The tunnel controller where can understanding the thunder and lightning language? Settled, ok?!?

Iban Serian said...

Uncle Pat, it's just too smart for smart-asses... flood will still occur no matter how 'smart', the smart-asses are.. dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb...

Anonymous said...

I think govt should send another, no, two more "asstronoughts" to space to research why the rain came down so fast and furious. Sory sory sory, we better buy a space ship and send a colony to space to do a more thorough research..........this is Malaysia's never ending stories. Thats why we are malaysia. A yr or more ago, i told a few frens that one day MAS will say that is is making losses due to low fuel price and the day has finally come (read Star). We do it better than best.

Anonymous said...

What is all this, water everywhere???

Hello!!!

I thought we needed the interstate water transfer as Selangor will not have enough water soon??

Why dont we have a better system to collect rain water? Billions planning to be spent for interstate transfer wor. Hey, I think there is one big "kiamhu" smelling things that dont gel.

Anonymous said...

I believe the design of the tunnel which is meant to deal with flood is perfect. It is the people who is manning it. The people who is the product of our political system. All these years instead of putting in the right fertilisers for our fruit trees we have been duped into putting in watered down fertilisers. Now we are getting, lazy, irresponsible and not too clever blokes.

claire said...

Patrick... Lamli? sounds familiar ... lei lam lei la... so the name answers it all.. hahaha..

Anonymous said...

The reason the powers that be reacted so slow to the flooding is because it happened at 5pm, which is outside their 'office hours'.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Patrik,
Wonder what sort of engineers designed the system and what planners we have for the city;but not to worry soon Malaysia will roll out the ...Proton Sampan with Campro outboard engine..the First of its kind in the world. .. a Peoples sampan.. built for the Rakyat.. !!Yeeaaa...110% financing by EPF and GLC banks... no nned to pay back depending on your qualifying criteria ...

Anonymous said...

I think the SMART Tunnel was featured in Discovery Channel?
Hope they dont do follow ups !

Anonymous said...

I pray n pray hardly to my god, dun just gave us 2 meters..we need moreeeee, to flush off the useless government, PM, Minister...
MALAYSIA BOLEH? yea yea...live in Malaysia really boleh...MATI.
Damn regret y i came back to malaysia after graduated!!!

kk said...

Shit man! Looks like govt is going to spend millions of tax-payers money to rectify this so-called SMART tunnel. This tunnel is really smart for BN to flush out the money out of taxpayers into their pockets!!!! Mahai!

Anonymous said...

To beat the flood, I think shud set up a second tunnel and name it Sistem Terowong Untuk Pengairan Irrigation Dept (STUPID), kalau apa pa jadi, tak boleh nak marah.

Anonymous said...

THis flood has nothing to do with SMART tunnel but has to do with UMNO. The SMART tunnel is to divert water from Sg Kelang but Sg Gombak flood because of UMNO wanted to beautify its surrounding. They dump boulders into Sg Gombak to create waterfall effect and thus creating a constriction. When it rain, Jalan Ipoh and MIC building is likely to get flood. See the waterfall effect in Sg Gombak near MIC building towards PWTC!

Becklee said...

I was caught in this massive traffic jam also. We can swear as much as we want but nothing's gonna change, the flooding problem will never go away at least in my lifetime.

Lock said...

Patrick, I'm waiting to read your piece on the damning French newspaper report on our Najib. Googled and read Malaysia Today, Malaysiakini, and some blogs like this http://malaysiaclowns.blogspot.com/

This Najib really does make us all look clownish, doesn't he?

Anonymous said...

Hey Pat,

By the way, from what I read in the statistics, our population grow at 2% per year. That means that in 10 years time 20% increase of KL population not including the migration of people from other states.

Counting that, I would say roughly about 35% increase of KL population. As now the population is about 7 million, 35% increase would make it about 2.5 million more.

With the current traffic which clogs up terribly despite the toll highways all over the place and coupled with the floods. "What a wonderful place KL would be in 10 years time"

Square said...

Sediakan sampan sebelum hujan!

I was not really affected as I work in Megan Avenue 1, using LRT everyday, and i was told there was a 'blackout' at ampang park station, so i pandai-pandai walked to KLCC, hoping there will be train moving (and yea, i am that 1 in a 1000 that have no idea there was a massive jam and 2M water level flood) and only found out KLCC station had even more ppl compared to ampang park station, and since i have nothing to do and cant travel home, I had my dinner at Anevue K....

But I still like to say "NIAMAH" to whoever that take cares of KL city as many of my frens and colleagues were trapped and my manager was rushing home to send her kid to tuition, tuition ended at 10pm, her kid arrived at 9.45pm. Good luck Malaysia!

Anonymous said...

give that fler RM7billion and he will kowtim (settle) everything for us. with RM7 billion, he will transform kl into a world-class city. no flood, no jam, no nothing.

Anonymous said...

I got to meet one of the engineers working on the SMART tunnel a few years ago and I asked him if the tunnel really going to help the flooding problem. His answer was NO. WTF? Today in the papers, a ningkampoo said the SMART Tunnel will only divert water from Sg. Kelang NOT Sg. Gombak. So next time when it floods at Sg. Kelang, we will hear another version. This problem will never end. Ningkampoos start pointing fingers or tai-chi their problems to someone else. So Patrick, do you actually know what is SMART Tunnel for?

Anonymous said...

The stones place besides UMNO-PWTC was TDM ideals. No one dare to remove. So all UMNO-MIC and Gerai, bank Rakyat, Islamic clinic and PWTC furniture exhibitors and visitors' cars all soaked wet ...
I head many exhibitors to boycott any events in future if stones are not removed ...the statement now spread deep down, even bah kut teh shop also talk about this last nights...
People in power without no good mathematics. Water volume flow per sec at peak and the depth of river with stones blocking can never never able to let go the peak flow..
But worst still, people and datuk in power never listen. never use common sense. No wonder they keep losing by election, lose seat. Wonder when the Datuk bandar be replaced....But they keep changing Datuk bandar every 2 years. so onecan blame other ....

aiyaa niamah...!

Anonymous said...

SMART tunnel was featured in Discovery Channel as an engineering feat a.k.a MALAYSIA BOLEH.

Maybe there will be another follow-up feature to reeducate teh world on the misinformation.

patrickteoh said...

Several comments have mentioned the SMART tunnel documentary film on Discovery Channel. I think it was National Geographic actually. And I think it was partly funded or sponsored by the Malaysian government. Tourism Malaysia or something la. So how much of the Boleh in that documentary is really Boleh and how much was boleh selesai is a big question.

Harris H said...

Patrick,
Really love your blog,reading your rants very therapeutic.I think it strikes a chord to all of us in the Klang Valley.Our city hall always blame nature and acts of God when calamity hits the city.We empower the municipality to do something about it and time and time again they fail.They make fools out of us all;fool me once;shame on you but fool me twice shame on me.
Niamah!

Anonymous said...

Patrick, patrick, oh patrick, you've got the right to be angry, very angry.BUT please lar, don't curse mothers(niamah= canto for your mother?) just leave mothers alone.How do like it when your kids say this word to your wife huh?

pah nur said...

Millions spent on the Smart Tunnel that is not smart enough to stay open during heavy rain. I can imagine Karam Singh Wallia coming up with a new pepatah melayu, "Sediakan Bot sebelum Hujan".......

ven said...

In Malaysia's public sector, the noun for maintain is missing in their dictionary (maintenance).

Hamba said...

Haiyaa Uncle Patrick, everybodi got it wrong maa. Smart tunnel not for flooding. It's actually a secret training area for submarine rescue services. A construction company got the contract la so they very scared to go to sea, next best thing joint venture with smart tunnel. Every time KL flooded, they have training la inside the tunnel. So if one of our submarine in trouble, the sub rescue team will tell gomen to transfer the sub from the sea into the tunnel and only then they go and rescue la....Smart idea what..

Anonymous said...

Oh, by the way, did anyone notice the comments that followed from smart and how it was not their fault? Apparently it's the other packages that didn't finish on time, Really?

Sounds more like a PR spin job more than anything. I heard from friends in the industry that the bosses were fuming mad. What to do? Syok sendiri.

I have just one BIG poser of a question to ask these people behind smart. With all their technology, sophistication, money, being a private owned entity, not a GLC, apparently China-man owned some more, why could they not on earth have the slightest decency to help the victims who were stranded in the floods?

Not my fault, his fault loh. The flood is other flood mitigation projects fault, not mine! Bullshit! Excuses mean nothing. They wanna talk big, why couldn't they send their team to help with the traffic or do some csr work?

Niamah!

Anonymous said...

"Hahahahahaha...sorry Lamli.".

Don't you mean solly lamli? Come on Patlick...

Anonymous said...

This is SMART: http://www.pub.gov.sg/Marina/Pages/default.aspx

Singapore's latest downtown icon

Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates Singapore’s 15th reservoir, and the first in the heart of the city. With a catchment area of 10,000 hectares, or one-sixth the size of Singapore, the Marina catchment is the island’s largest and most urbanised catchment. Together with two other new reservoirs, the Marina Reservoir will boost Singapore’s water catchment from half to two-third’s of the country’s land area.

The Marina Barrage is the result of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s vision nearly two decades ago when he envisaged damming the mouth of the Marina Channel to create a freshwater reservoir.

3-in-1 BenefitsWater Supply

Flood Control

Lifestyle Attraction

Water Supply
The Marina Barrage is a dam built across the 350-metre wide Marina Channel to keep out seawater, forming Singapore’s first reservoir in the city and 15th reservoir. Marina Reservoir combines with the future Punggol and Serangoon reservoirs will increase Singapore’s water catchment areas from half to two-thirds of Singapore’s land areas.

With the barrage in place, the Marina Basin will turn into a body of freshwater through natural flushing in one two to years. The freshwater will then be treated using advanced membrane technology before consumption.

Local catchment water is one of the Four National Taps, with the other three being imported water, NEWater and desalinated water.

As one of the pillars of local water supply, Marina Reservoir will meet more than 10% of Singapore’s current water demand.

Flood Control
The Marina Barrage is part of a comprehensive flood control scheme to alleviate flooding in the low-lying areas in the city such as Chinatown, Boat Quay, Jalan Besar and Geylang.

During heavy rain, the series of nine crest gates at the dam will be activated to release excess storm water into the sea when the tide is low.

In the case of high tide, giant pumps which are capable of pumping an Olympics-size swimming pool per minute will drain excess storm water into the sea.

Lifestyle Attraction
As the water in the Marina Basin is unaffected by the tides, its water level will be kept constant all year round. This is ideal for all kinds of recreational activities such as boating, windsurfing, kayaking and dragonboating etc.



Tpg2sg

Anonymous said...

http://www.petitiononline.com/pmbersih/petition.html

Kami tidak berkeyakinan terhadap Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Abd Razak sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia

Anonymous said...

KLites are certainly smart people by now, they can't trust the Smart tunnel to prevent the flood, but no worries, the BN/Umno group will spent some more millions to correct the problem ,there will be stimulus package tp siphon more money out. These fuckers will never learn , its already a way of life for them, corruption is here to stay unless we do something about it fast.. Get rid of BN!!!

Anonymous said...

No wonder when the is a march of any protests, thousands will join just to protest. imagine your soaked car need a thousand ringgit to fix, your house need another thousand to clean, replaced soaked sofa, furniture and TV and appliances.

Fu,ck those in power, they can keep on blaming and no knowing who is in POWER.

Surely those smart, prudent all kick aside and every time a new Director General from no where is placed on top of someone , this someone do nothing but waste money for projects that means nothing to the TAX payers, rate payers...senseless leaderships at the ground is a Liability. Will NAJIB removes all those incompetence lots.

Time to change or people will change them all.

Shame on them Now even Malaya also agry...

WTF

Anonymous said...

Niamah!!!!!!

Betul Betul niamahhhh!!!!

Anonymous said...

WTF, these goons in Ameno/Be End(Madhatter) and the "khinzir" fellow from the Drainage Department proposed and completed this "useless world class and smartest"tunnel in the world to siphon the Rakyats money into their "secret" bank accounts.
Instead of alleviating the flood, it turn out be worse or worser!!
Get these scoundrels to testify and if possible to "check thoroughly" their "fat" bank accounts of them and their immediate family!!

Alias Mohd Yusof said...

Do you know Patrick, an expert told me that the Smart Tunnel not able to solve flash flood in KL ultimately. Yet the project had been approved for the sake of crony.
The project expenditure are worthless compare to its benefit.

Anonymous said...

give 7 billions & i sure can kaw-tim the flood one , TRY me !

Anonymous said...

As someone who works for SMART, but was not involved at a political level I can tell you the reason why... SMART can only divert floodwaters from the Sg Klang and Sg Ampang. On this flood event, the floodwaters came from Sg Batu. SMART did everything that it could - there were no floodwaters that it could divert through the tunnel because the water came from a different area. Blame politics if you think but dont blame the operations of the tunnel.

stormwatertunnel at gmail.com

www.fabuloustalk.com said...

Sad to say Malaysians think ourselves are very smart building this and that, but in actual fact...we have a lot more to learn from others. Smart might not be a brilliant idea but somehow..it was already built and we just have to deal with it. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

Please to Terence's Citizenade's comments in the SUN "When it's not from the heart" Mar 06 and En. Mohd Noor Mohd Ali (Head of Operations and PR SMART in Speakup Section Page 14 of the SUN Mar 11. Noor has not explained the problem but kept saying smart's functionality is not understood. Yes we do not understand even when we visit the smart official website. Can Noor "or not" give us now a simple map of the area that smart can take care. Also is it able to take care of flash flood or monsoon type flood as happened in the phenomenal flood in the 1970's.

JuneHo said...

Don't simply blame-la.

Firstly, we must survey the situation. Who is responsible for looking after the Smart Tunnel. Secondly, the Smart Tunnel instruction booklet, is it in BM or English. Thirdly, did the fler who is looking after the Smart Tunnel, studied Science and Math in BM or English. Fourthly, if the instruction is in English, was it translated to BM. Lastly, do we have enuf BM words to get the translation right.

So u see people, you don't simply blame - must look at the gambar besar.

Like dat-la!

Anonymous said...

PT u better behave urself n stop poking fun at people...i suggest u put ur pic instead...actually MY is urging PL to chuck u under ISA but lucky u as PL is sleeping (u should treat PL for that),NR is telling MY that U should be hanged...

Nuffnang