LANGKAWI: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced an allocation of RM1.315bil for the implementation of five new government projects here under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).
The projects are the construction of an additional building for Langkawi Hospital (RM500mil), quarters for health staff (RM135mil), a new fire and rescue station as well as quarters at Padang Matsirat (RM30mil), the upgrading of Jalan Bulatan Lapangan Terbang- Pulapol Langkawi (RM50mil) and a project to address water supply problems (RM600mil).
"At present, Langkawi Hospital can only accommodate 110 beds, while the bed occupancy rate is nearly 90%. Therefore, the Langkawi Hospital additional building project has been approved under the Third Rolling Plan of the 11MP," he said.
He said this in his speech here when opening the I Am Usahawan GO 4.0 programme, organised by the Malaysian Malay Chambers of Commerce to create awareness on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The new hospital building is expected to be able to accommodate 220 beds.
Najib said the project would also provide facilities for full-paying patients to meet the demands for health-tourism in Langkawi, which has yet to have a private hospital.
On the project to address water supply in Langkawi, he said, it was allocated the most funds as the project was intended to be a long-term solution.
He said currently the capacity of water production in Langkawi had reached the maximum level of 89.4 million litres daily and the project, which would involve off-river storage at Padang Matsirat, would ensure additional water supply of 124.48 million litres daily, which would be sufficient to accommodate water supply needs until 2040.
"Implementation of the project started earlier this year and it is expected to be ready in 2022," he added.
He said the projects showed the commitment of the Barisan Nasional government at federal and state levels to safeguard the welfare of the people in Langkawi.
The Prime Minister said the people should not look back or continue with life based on sentiments or feelings.
He said the development and transformation to ensure the rakyat's well-being required a solid and strong government, and not the popularity of an individual.
"An individual, no matter how popular the person was before, cannot bring changes without a strong party behind him," he said.
As a state that did not have enough natural resources, Najib said the people of Kedah should not allow the state to return to the time when it was under the Opposition."Without the support of the federal government, we will go back to that time. We should not return to that time, but look ahead," he said. - Bernama