Monday, June 11, 2007

Part II - Watching The Floods Go By.

They said, the tunnel! the tunnel! That's what the city need to solve this worsening problems with floods each time it rains. They said, build one today and this whole damned thing about floods would be the thing of the past, something you wanna tell your great children about, or laugh about with your friends while having a drink watching the rain clouds up above swirling violently like a mad dervish. They said, you gotta trust us on this one. And so we did. And it rained. And the floods got worse.
They said, the retention pond! the retention pond! That's what the city need to solve this worsening problems with floods each time it rains. They said, don't worry about it. We're in the midst of building a few and as soon as we're done with them you can rest assured that this damned thing with the floods would have been solved once and for all. And so we wait. And wait.
In the meantime, cars got washed away, or went underwater like mini subs on a mission to find the last few pieces of Titanic. And insurance companies are saying, we're not responsible! we're not responsible! because all this is an act of God, as if being alive in itself isn't an act of God.
In the meantime, they're gonna have a meeting to ask for more money since it's gonna cost more money to build whatever it is that they are gonna build to solve the problems that could have been solved if they just dug the river deeper so excess water could flow easy out of the way.
More tunnels! more tunnels! That's what we need to make more money! more money! Don't blame us. Blame the rain for coming down so hard this time of the year when it should be hot as indian summer but the way things are right now with the weather, it might as well be Dungun, December 1970s all over again.

7 Comments:

Blogger dee3 said...

lol.. u got me laughing over this one, dear sir...

and wuuhuuu! first comment of the post! :D

2:31 PM  
Blogger NURAINA A SAMAD said...

bergen,

dungun 1970?

i remember KL 1971. School holiday for about a week or more.
it rained and rained and rained.
the floods were crazy.

The end is nigh, sir, the end is nigh.

so, get ready with your toothbrush, tooth paste and clean underwear.

smart tunnel? Bah!

5:18 PM  
Blogger bakaq a.k.a ~penarik beca said...

Tuan Bergen

Saya tak tau Tuan kerja apa. Saya memang tak reti dan tengah dok cari orang yang reti. Tapi ada orang bagi tau saya jaringan saliran ke retention pond pun tak kemas. Kalaupun JPS dah siapkan SMART tunnel tu, masalah tetap sama jika hujan lebat.

Lagi satu, betulkah pertanyaan "can you speed up?" itu pertanyaan "orang bodo" (kawan saya kata). "Orang buat kerja ikut schedule," katanya lagi.

Bagai yang Tuan tau, saya kutu, mana saya tau. Please enlighten this kutu!

3:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awang Kelana,
Besides having a clean underware and brushed your teeth on an anticipated death ,another good self conduct would be to trimmed the nasal hair that seemed to be sprouting out like unbuckled 'lidi'.
It would be too much to expect anyone else to do that on your behalf as you lay dead coz they got many things to attend to.It would be many friends would come to pay the last respect and once in awhile a person like me would come along and start to wonder about the glaring nasal hair of yours and cant do anything about it...he might end up having sleepless nights wondering what happen when the cacing had a look at those hair....see it would cause me many sleepless nights.

10:13 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Dee3: Good to know I made you laugh, ma'am.

Nuraina A Samad: I remember that too, in Dungun, that is. The school was closed for a good long time. We didn't get the newspapers since we were cut off from the west coast. The sea had never been rough, and I was nearly drowned for being foolish to go swim in that kinda waters. I think I wrote about this in one of the entries.
Yes, I remember the Monsoon of '70s.

Encik Bakaq: Let's not question the technical sides of the tunnel since we are not engineers. Even if we were, there's no way of knowing for sure if the defects people are saying are true since we weren't involved in the whole process. I don't think it is a good idea to go from there with just a hearsay since it could lead to heresy. Even if it might be true, we've got to know the source of that information so that we can question him, or keep his name in view just in case the tunnel collapse in the future, and he need to be the witness.

Actually, you can speed up a schedule. A schedule is just a guide with plus and minus that can be adjusted to suit the official launch, a birthday of someone important and bla bla bla.

Awang Kelana: LOL, gotta give this a big laugh. Never in my wildest dream have I thought about nose hair when you gotta do the dying part. LOL.

To everyone who got here, either by choice, or by mistake, it's good to have you here, mate!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Queen Of The House said...

Nice one! And you did good by not braving the rain - at least you were safe in the hotel room. And there I was on my hill oblivious to all the flooding on Sunday night, until I saw it in the news the next morning!

Smart Tunnel or not, they haven't found a smart way to thwart the floods everytime it rains.

3:07 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

QOTH: It's not easy, I reckon, the solve this floods problem. Maybe they'll solve sooner or later but for now, we have to put up with it, and paying for it one way or another.

3:27 PM  

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