KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has announced the allocation of RM910.52 million involving five new projects to address flood problems in Kelantan.
He said, such allocation is not because the focus is on Kelantan but the state has to bear heavy responsibilities due to the floods.
“The five projects are expected to receive the allocation next year. The main project will be the Integrated River Basin Development (PLSB) Sungai Golok Phase 2.
“The Kelantan state government has agreed to immediately solve the handing over of land for the project to start,” Anwar said in his Facebook post after he visited Pasir Mas, Kelantan, Thursday.
The Tambun Member of Parliament added, the government has also approved RM6 million for building temporary embankments for the PLSB Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang.
Anwar also mentioned about the Sungai Golok-Rantau Panjang Bridge Project that will help reduce the flood both in Malaysia and Thailand.
He added in his meeting with Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin recently, both agreed to expedite the project as it is important not just for travel and transportation but it will reduce the impact caused by floods to both countries.
He said, the widening and deepening of the Sungai Golok will release and lower the pressure of floods from happening in Rantau Panjang and Narrathiwat in South Thailand.
Meanwhile, in his visit to Pasir Mas he had also announced an aid of RM50 million for flood victims in Kelantan.
The prime minister said the allocation from the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) would be channelled directly to the victims as reported by NST.
“Through the allocation, each family will receive RM1, 000 and any additional aid will be based on losses suffered by the flood victims,” he said at a press conference after visiting the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama (SMKA) Lati PPS..
Also present includes, Kelantan Menteri Besar, Datuk Mohd. Nassuruddin Daud and Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.