PETALING JAYA, Nov 8 — The federal government’s allocation of RM150 million for flood mitigation projects in Penang has been welcomed by both sides of the political divide.
Tasik Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya said the allocation would help the state to better prepare itself for heavy rainfall or erratic weather.
“It is much welcomed news that the prime minister has allowed more funds for flood mitigation projects as Penang needs to better deal with severe flooding,’’ he said.
“The allocation will put the people at ease knowing they are better prepared to face uncertainties like the changing weather.’’
Kepala Batas MP Datuk Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the allocation was consistent with Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s motto of taking care of the welfare of the people.
“It is consistent with the prime minister’s move to put people first. In the face of a catastrophe, we have put aside the political differences between the federal and state governments to work together,’’ he said.
“We are working hand in hand for the common good.’’ Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim Chee Keong also welcomed the allocation, stating the funds were necessary and long overdue.
“With the extra funds and the state government’s flood mitigation projects, it will definitely help reduce floods in the state,’’ he said.
Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto said she was glad to hear of the allocation, which will improve the state’s flood mitigation measures.
“Any form of aid to help the people of Penang is greatly appreciated,’’ she said.
“I hope the allocation is channelled through the proper agencies as soon as possible to help with mitigation and repair works.’’
Penang Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) director Sabri Abdul Mulukon said the funds would first be channelled to river upgrading projects when they were made available.
“Work to widen and deepen the rivers along with the construction of pump houses would first be needed to avoid flooding,” Sabri told Malay Mail.
He said the department had identified 50 flood-prone hotspots throughout the state and improvement works would first he concentrated around these spots.