Monday, May 10, 2010

RM1bil for Sibu flood problem

BN promised RM1billion to solve Sibu's flood problem, IF the voters voted for their candidate, Robert Lau Hui Yew of SUPP. In the case of Sibu flood problem, even RM1 billion may not be enough because if you dredge the Rajang River today, tomorrow it will be shallow again because nobody control the siltation from upstream. No one from the state government is controlling the logging activities up river because the timber companies are their buddies.

A long-term solution to the flood problem here has been drawn up at a cost of RM1bil, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“It would be carried out over two Malaysia Plans,” the Deputy Prime Minister added. “The first phase, costing nearly RM300mil, has started,” he said, adding that because of the expense, the project had to be carried over the 10th and 11th Malaysia Plans. “The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will be implementing the project,” he told reporters after attending a dialogue session at SK Agama Sibu.

Four flood mitigation projects are in progress and the first phase is expected to be completed by September.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the Government had always assisted Chinese and Tamil primary schools nationwide. “We spend at least RM1.8bil to pay the salaries and allowances of these schools’ teachers,” he added.

Earlier, Muhyiddin announced a RM500,000 allocation for SK Agama Sibu to build a new computer lab and upgrade other facilities.

He said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would address the needs of Chinese-medium schools tomorrow and Thursday when the Prime Minister pays a visit to the town.

Recommended reading:
* Siltation killed fish at Batang Rajang
* Sibu flood mitigation plan is not going anywhere

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