TASEK GELUGOR – The Federal Government has approved RM150 million for flood mitigation projects in Penang following last weekend’s devastating floods.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the amount was part of RM1 billion worth of 13 projects identified in the DAP-governed state.
“We are ready to increase the amount depending on our financial capability,” he told reporters after visiting a temporary flood relief centre set up at Sekolah Agama Rakyat Ar Ridhuan here today.
Najib also reminded the state government to be mindful of the impact of the environment when approving development projects.
“Avoid developments that can aggrevate the environment,” he said.
Najib, who is also finance minister, is on a half-day tour of Penang to assess the flood situation following unexpectedly heavy continuous rainfall that left about 80 per cent of the island state submerged in water.
Accompanying him is his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and federal ministers Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.