Five development projects costing RM9.63mil will be carried out on duty-free Labuan island this year, says Labuan Corporation chief executive officer Dr Fary Akmal Osman.
She said the allocation under the 12th Malaysia Plan from Federal Territories Ministry included the continuation of four projects, namely Labuan Smart City Phase 1, upgrading works on Labuan Square public recreational area and infrastructure, Labuan Corporation staff headquarters and Patau-Patau 1 Community Hall with a total cost of RM7.63mil.“The new project this year is the new cell sanitary landfill and upgrading works on the leachate treatment plant worth RM2mil.
“We will ensure the projects run smoothly amid the Covid-19 pandemic, ” she added.
Fary said the Smart City Phase 1 project costing RM2mil was for a siren and smart pole system in 13 areas (covering 27 villages), including one downtown.
“The construction of the siren and smart poles is in collaboration with Meteorological Department to channel updated information on the weather and natural disaster to the people here, ” she explained.
She also disclosed that at least nine proposed development projects had been submitted to Federal Territories Ministry for funding, namely construction of facilities for small and medium enterprises, upgrading works on Labuan Ferry Terminal building, Anjung Budaya and Layang-Layangan Beach Festival sites, and phase one of the pedestrian walkway.
Other proposed projects are phase two of the Kina Benuwa mangrove recreational forest and tourism infrastructure, pathway to Pulau Ular Layang-Layangan, pedestrian roofed walkway in town, Labuan Airport landscape beautification and upgrading works as well as phase two of the Smart City project.
“These nine proposed projects have not been approved for implementation this year, but we will continue to discuss with the ministry’s officials for consideration owing to its economic impact and the people’s social well-being, ” Fary said. — Bernama