LANGKAWI: Five new government projects worth RM1.3bil will be implemented here under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The projects are the construction of an additional building for Hospital Langkawi (RM500mil), quarters for health staff (RM135mil), a new fire and rescue station as well as quarters at Padang Matsirat (RM30mil), upgrading of Jalan Bulatan Lapangan Terbang-Pulapol Langkawi (RM50mil) and a project to address the water supply problem (RM600mil).
“At present, Hospital Langkawi can only accommodate 110 beds, while the occupancy rate is nearly 90%.
“Therefore, the additional building for Hospital Langkawi has been approved under the 11MP,” he said in his speech when opening I Am Usahawan GO 4.0, a programme organised by the Malay Chambers of Commerce to create awareness on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, here yesterday.
On the water supply in Langkawi, he said the capacity of water production in Langkawi had reached the maximum level of 89.4 million litres daily.
The project, which would involve off-river storage at Padang Matsirat, would ensure an additional supply of 124.48 million litres daily that would be sufficient to accommodate water supply needs until 2040.
“Implementation of the project started early this year and is expected to be ready in 2022,” he added.
He said the projects proved the continuous commitment of the Government at the federal and state levels to safeguard the welfare of the people in Langkawi.
The Prime Minister also approved a RM3.2mil allocation for the construction of a 100m wave breaker at the fishermen’s jetty at Chenang near here, Bernama reported.
“I was informed by Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek that sometimes the waves are too strong for the fishing boats here so there is a need to solve this problem,” he said.