RM20M For Labuan Coastal Erosion Works, Drainage Upgrade

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Rozman (second right), accompanied by Labuan Corporation’s advisory council members – Simsudin Sidek (left), Dr Ramli Tahir (second left) and Noor Halim Zaini (third left) attentively briefed on Department of Drainage and Irrigation Labuan director Juniaddi Awang Tuah (right)

LABUAN: The Labuan Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) has received a total of RM20 million under the 11th Malaysia Plan allocation for the coastal erosion work and improvement of the irrigation infrastructures here.

Member of Parliament for Labuan Datuk Rozman Isli said the DID was committed to improve these infrastructures on the island for the benefit of the people.

“Under DID’s development budget, RM14mil will be spent to solve erosion problem through coastal protection work at Sg Miri/Sg Pagar, RM800, 000 for the house pumps construction works at waterfront and the remaining are for the drainage and irrigation infrastructure maintenance works,” he said to reporters in conjunction with the Labuan Corporation Advisory Council members’ visit to DID here today.

Among those attended the DID’s development briefing with Rozman were the advisory council members Simsudin Sidek, Noor Halim Zaini and Dr Ramli Tahir.

Rozman said the outstanding issue of flash flood at Rancha-Rancha Darat would soon be resolved with the allocation of RM4.5 million to construct new large drainage, floodgate and house pumps.

“This village had been badly hit by floods almost every year since its nearby area is developed into industrial zone.

“Undeniably, efforts had been carried out to resolve it like building the culvert, outlet to drain out the overflow water and new drains there, but the flash floods persists each time the heavy downfall,” he said.

DID director Juniaddi Awang Tuah who conducted the briefing said the projects would commence this year.

He said department would also look into public’s complaints on lack of maintenance of earth monsoon drains that cause flash floods in several housing estates including in Taman Mahkota Impian, Jalan Bukit Timbalai.