KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 – The minor flood at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2’s (KLIA2) apron recently was something “expected” even during the time the airport was being constructed, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. Speaking on the water retention at the apron that was revealed through a video, Liow explained that the erosion that caused it did not affect the safety operations or flights.
“The erosion or sunken ground (that caused the water retention) at KLIA2’s apron was caused by differential settlement and was expected and taken into account during the construction of the airport,” he said in a written reply in Parliament today. Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament Tony Pua asked Liow to state the total cost of KLIA2 and Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad’s (MAHB) steps to overcome the frequent cracks and erosions that occurred at the airport’s apron and runway.
Liow explained that the airport’s construction cost RM4 billion and it was constantly monitored by his ministry to ensure safety standards were maintained at all times. “There has never been any sunken land or erosion at Runway 3 of KLIA2. “MAHB constantly monitors the condition of the runways to ensure the safety of flights,” Liow explained further.
Meanwhile, MAHB posted their response to the recent video of the flood at KLIA2 shared by Pua, on their official Twitter account yesterday. “As has been reported earlier, KLIA2 is expected to face some differential settlement. We have commissioned scheduled works to address this known item continuously. “The picture shows the contractor’s workers removing water from a specific area after heavy rain to enable re-surfacing works, to prevent further water ponding at that area,” they wrote, sharing images of workers conducting the clean-up that was also seen in the video.