SEGAMAT: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that work on flood mitigation projects worth RM600 million or more will begin in June 2023 to avoid recurrence of flood disasters.
The Tambun Member of Parliament (MP) said, the flood is not the first one as it has happened many years ago and there have been two major floods here.
“If we do not do anything serious then it will happen again. We have decided that projects worth RM600 million or more will be expedited.
“The projects were postponed earlier as we did not want leakages or theft from allocations for the people.
“We have to speed up the tender. All approved flood mitigation projects must be implemented this June. They cannot be delayed any longer,” he told a press conference held at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Kampung Tengah, on Sunday as reported by NST.
Meanwhile, the number of flood victims in Johor has increased to 44,860 as of 8.00am today and Batu Pahat is the worst affected district in the state. However as of 2.00pm the number has increased to 46,860.
In another development the Johor government has expressed its appreciation for the Prime Minister’s visit to the state today (Sunday) to check the flood situations and for the commitment to help Johor to deal with the worst floods ever happened this year.
As quoted by Bernama the Menteri Besar of Johor Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said, Anwar’s commitment includes approving an immediate allocation of RM50 million for flood-related needs in addition to the RM10 million allocation announced by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi earlier.
The Machap assemblyman in his facedbook post also mentioned that the prime minister reiterated to speed up the tender for the flood mitigation plan in Johor and will consider applications for allocations to repair damaged roads and cover losses from destroyed crops and livestock.
While in Johor, the prime minister has attended a briefing on Johor flood situation at the 4th Regiment of the Royal Artillery at Segamat Camp before visiting evacuees at flood relief centres at SK Gemerah and SJK Cina at Kg Tengah and extending contributions. – Malaysia World News