Some Sibuians say he is bizarre, while others jeer at him, calling him a nut. This person is Hii Tiong Huat, a stout senior citizen.
But Tiong Huat is sensible and logical in thinking, not at all crazy like what the public at large view him.
Tiong Huat is outspoken on flooding woes in Sibu. Over the past two years, he has made a mark in most of the flooding scenes by taking himself to floods with a hand-held vertical banner, protesting outright against the authorities.
This socially righteous old man has taken to streets the deep-down feelings of the Sibuians single-handedly. He is most respectable for this point.
This morning, Tiong Huat used his own van to lift up the steel water gate to bring to light the serious blockage which may be a contributory factor for the rising water level.
The scene was in front of Garden Hotel where a bridge runs over the only river flowing through Sibu town centre. This is an important waterway for water to flow in and out of Sibu town. The blockage has indeed blocked the flow of water especially after heavy downpour.
Hii Tiong Huat may not be an expert, but he is certainly talking no nonsense!
When I was snapping pictures, I saw some onlookers giving Tiong Huat thumbs up.
A few policemen were at the scene to control the traffic flow.
Hii Tiong Huat - He may not be an expert, but he is certainly talking no nonsense.
A vertical banner at the scene - Tiong Huat sent a wake-up call to the authorities.
A single-handed effort - Tiong Huat used his van to lift up the steel gate.
An awful scene - He showed to the public how bad was the blockage.