PUTATAN: Floods in Penampang and Putatan should be a thing of the past by 2020 once the Federal government-approved RM281 million for the implementation of Package 1 and Package 3 of the Moyog River Integrated River Basin Development Project is completed.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the projects would reduce the land area affected by floods in the Moyog River basin, especially in Kepayan, Pekan Kibabaig, Pekan Donggongon and Pekan Putatan.
In addition to reducing the magnitude and frequency of floods, he said the project, which is expected to be completed in 2020, will also improve the quality of life of residents in the area.
“In accordance with the wishes of the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak), the government is always concerned about the problems of the people, especially of the flood victims nationwide, including those in Sabah,” he said at the ground-breaking ceremony for the project here Monday.
The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin, representing Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Wan Junaidi said that in 2011, the master plan study on the project was carried out and a detailed design for the project was completed in April 2014.
The RM281 million allocation is part of the RM481 million provided by the federal government under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) for the implementation of four flood mitigation projects deemed to be a total solution to the flooding problem in the affected areas.
The construction work on Package 1 began on Nov 21, last year and is to be completed within 36 months and Package 3 is expected to begin in April this year.
The tender for Package 2 and Package 4 is expected to be issued in April and July this year.
Meanwhile, Wan Junaidi said in the Second Rolling Plan (RP2) 11MO, 13 new major projects were approved at a cost of RM347.3 million and another 13 extension major projects amounting to RM552.3 million to be implemented in Sabah by various departments and agencies under the ministry between 2016 and 2020.