Najib did not announce any new fund for flood mitigation: Penang chief minister

A man walks through a muddy road after a flood in George Town, Penang, Malaysia on Nov 6, 2017.
A man walks through a muddy road after a flood in George Town, Penang, Malaysia on Nov 6, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS
People cleaning mud away from their shop after a flood in Georgetown, Penang.
People cleaning mud away from their shop after a flood in Georgetown, Penang.PHOTO: REUTERS
People walking in the floodwater at Taman Desa Murni in Sungai Dua.
People walking in the floodwater at Taman Desa Murni in Sungai Dua.PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN  -  Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said on Wednesday (Nov 8) that Prime Minister Najib Razak did not announce any new allocation for flood mitigation projects in Penang.

Mr Lim told reporters that the prime minister had only said he will seriously consider the RM1 billion (S$323 million)  in flood mitigation projects still not released under the previous five-year Malaysia Development Plans, the Malaysiakini reported.

Najib, who visited three hot spots in floods-hit Penang on Tuesday, said only RM150 million worth of projects have been approved so far.

“The RM150 million mentioned by the PM was a previously approved announcement made last year on Nov 8, 2016 by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar,”  the news portal quoted Lim as saying.

Meantime, the situation in flood-affected areas in Penang continued to improve, with the number of evacuees dropping to 3,482 as of 6am Wednesday, compared to 5,729 on Tuesday night, Bernama news agency reported.

A spokesman of the Police Flood Operations Room said the evacuees were being housed at 25 relief centres in Seberang Perai Utara and Seberang Perai Tengah.

"Up to 2,588 evacuees are at 13 relief centres in Seberang Perai Utara and 894 at 12 centres in Seberang Perai Tengah," he said.

He added that the weather in Penang is also improving.

Almost the whole of Penang was affected by floods following gale-force winds and heavy rain that struck the state last Saturday, prompting Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to appeal for federal assistance.

 

The floods claimed seven lives, and the wind and rain damaged property and uprooted trees in several areas.