Najib inspecting some of the goods to be given to flood victims.
KEMAMAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has given an assurance that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government will implement more flood mitigation projects nationwide, including in Terengganu and Pahang.
However, he said in order to implement these projects, the government needed a bigger budget.
He said that was why the national Economic Transformation Programme was introduced to strengthen the country’s economic growth and provide more income to benefit the people.
"To implement projects such as flood mitigation is an urgent need, but the cost is very high. In Chukai (Terengganu), for example, it will cost RM480mil, while in Kuantan (Pahang), it will cost RM700mil...billions of ringgit will be needed for such projects, not including upgrading and repair works on damaged roads, bridges, schools and other public facilities."
The prime minister said this at the presentation of flood aid to victims and token of appreciation to flood volunteers at Padang Astaka Chukai here.
Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said said the report to build the flood mitigation system in Chukai had been completed and the project could be implemented once the allocation had been approved.
He said the Department of Irrigation and Drainage had estimated the cost to build the system in Chukai at RM480mil.
"We will implement the project as announced by the prime minister. We have prepared the report and are just waiting for the allocation to be approved," he said.
A total of 19,205 families were affected by the recent monsoon floods in Terengganu, of which 14,000 were in Kemaman.- BERNAMA