RM250 mln for 8 flood mitigation projects in Bintulu — CM

Abang Johari (in blue shirt) looking into the frequent flood issues affecting Bintulu town.

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KUCHING, Jan 10: Sarawak government has approved RM250 million to implement eight flood mitigation projects to ease flood-prone areas in Bintulu.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the projects included upgrading and improvement of drainage system at Kampung Assyakirin, Kampung Kemunting, Jalan Sibiew, Nyabau Height, as well as building detention pond at Universiti Putra Malaysia and clearing and desilting of Sungai Sepegang.

This included the dredging of Sungai Sibiew and Sungai Sebatang, which will be carried out under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

“A special committee will be set up to tackle the flood problems in Bintulu, to be chaired by Deputy State Secretary Datuk Seri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki.

“The committee will consist of BDA (Bintulu Development Authority), Economic Planning Unit, Chief Minister’s Department and DID (Department of Irrigation and Drainage),” Abang Johari said after a meeting with relevant agencies to solve flood issues in Bintulu yesterday.

According to a statement issued by Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Abang Johari also visited Kampung Assyakirin and Kampung Kemunting.

Abang Johari (in blue shirt) during his walkabout.

The chief minister said DID will be the implementing agency to carry out dredging works at Sungai Sibiew and Sungai Sebtatang, as well as other flood mitigation projects in Bintulu.

Integrity and Ombudsman Minister Datuk Talip Zulpilip and Mohamad Abu Bakar were present. — DayakDaily