Selangor floods: questions the Pakatan Harapan state government need to answer

The Canal City Project was a flood mitigation project initiated in 2007 to build an 18-kilometer canal which would connect the Langat and Kelang Rivers. The project was cancelled by the Pakatan Harapan Selangor State Government in 2011 because it was deemed ‘not beneficial’ to the people.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

“From my experience, Taman Sri Muda was overdeveloped and did not have proper planning because it was mixed with an industrial area and shophouses that were not properly situated, as well as having improper monsoon drains,” said Dr Khir Toyo, who was Selangor MB from 2000 to 2008. (READ MORE HERE)

Meanwhile, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Thursday said the Barisan Nasional-led Selangor government had begun the Canal City project in 2008, which involved an 18-km water strait near Taman Sri Muda and Kota Kemuning.

On Facebook, Najib panned the Pakatan Harapan-led state government under former MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, which had cancelled the project in 2009 after taking over Selangor in the general election the year before.


Time to revisit BN’s Canal City project for Selangor, says Najib

(FMT, 23 December 2021) – The Canal City project in Selangor, which was proposed by the Barisan Nasional state government in 2007, should be revisited in light of the devastating floods that took place in Shah Alam and other areas over the weekend, former prime minister Najib Razak said.

In a Facebook post, the Pekan MP said that RM3 billion had been allocated for the “large-scale flood mitigation project” at the time.

“The project started in 2007 and continued until 2009, but began to stall when the then Pakatan Rakyat government took over Selangor after the 12th general election,” he said, adding that the project was eventually scrapped in 2011.

“If this water canal could reduce the risk of floods as well as increase Selangor’s raw water reserves, I think there is a need to review the implementation of this project.”

He explained that the project was to be built just south of the Shah Alam Municipal Council, around Taman Sri Muda and Kota Kemuning.

It involved the construction of an 18-km water canal spanning from Klang to Hulu Langat and connecting the Klang River to the Langat River, with the aim of diverting 30% of the water from the former to the latter during peak hours. Several secondary canals would have also been built.


Work stops at Canal City

(The Edge Markets, 31 March 2009) – Under the Canal City project, KEuro is to undertake a flood mitigation programme in Selangor and construct a highway linking certain portions of Shah Alam under the terms of privatisation. In return, KEuro will get land. But with the revised terms, KEuro has to pay for the land alienated. (READ MORE HERE)


Dijaya in RM1.3b deal to buy ‘Canal City’

(The Malaysian Reserve, 31 March 2017) – The “Canal City” project was cancelled by the Selangor state government in 2011 as it was deemed as not being beneficial to the people. (READ MORE HERE)