After floods, Chow calls for RM350mil federal funds


GEORGE TOWN: A Penang state government official has called for speedy approval of a RM350 million federal allocation for flood mitigation works at Sungai Pinang.

Executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow said the state government had raised the matter many times since 2008 but the Federal Government had yet to release the money.

He said yesterday’s flash floods at various places along the Sungai Pinang and tributaries showed the need for the project to be carried out quickly.

“The first phase was completed more than 10 years ago. However, the second phase could not proceed because of the failure to get an allocation from the Federal Government,” he said in a press statement today.

He said the state Drainage and Irrigation Department had already resettled more than 200 families living on river reserve land by the Sungai Pinang so that the second phase could be implemented.

Chow said the Sungai Pinang river basin includes areas with high-density residential development, such as Paya Terubong, Bandar Baru Air Itam, Jalan Air Itam, Jalan Lumba Kuda, the Jelutong area including Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Dato Keramat and Jalan Sungai Pinang.