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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Nov 14: Ministry of Works (KKR) has set aside RM200 million for upgrading works on high risk slopes.
Of the total, RM160 million was allocated to Peninsular Malaysia, RM29.5 million for Sabah, RM6.1 million for Sarawak, and RM4.4 million for Labuan.
Senior Minister of Works Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said in Peninsular Malaysia, the ministry has appointed concession companies to carry out the slope repair works.
“In the event of a disaster, we will provide the allocation outsourced from a mitigation plan that we had set up or the usual maintenance allocation.
“If there is no provision, it will be made under the Ministry of Finance where we will apply under the emergency provision,” he told reporters at an engagement session with the state media at Waterfront Hotel today.
On Nov 9, Fadillah told Dewan Rakyat that there are 1,474 slopes with moderate to very high hazard identified in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, and Negeri Sembilan which may be affected in the northeast monsoon season.
He pledged that the ministry is prepared for the northeast monsoon each year and all state and district Public Works Department have been ordered to carry out measures and make preparations in terms of manpower, machinery, and logistics. — DayakDaily