PUTRAJAYA, Jun 14 – The Rural and Regional Development Ministry will give priority in providing clean water supply to rural areas in Kedah, said its minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said this was decided after state executive council members briefed him that clean water supply was an urgent matter in the state which must be given immediate attention.
“The issue is related to the need to upgrade old plants and to replace old water pipes to improve water flow. It will include other requirements such as road construction and I have received the estimated costs required to upgrade the water supply system urgently,” he told a press conference here Monday.
Earlier, Ismail Sabri received a courtesy call from Kedah state executive council members and district officers who were led by State Information, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Committee chairman, Datuk Mohd Tajudin Abdullah at his office, here.
In an effort to address water supply issues in the state, Ismail Sabri said the ministry had channelled RM26.5 million to the Kedah state government through a special provision this year, specifically to address the issue. The Ministry had also allocated RM148.5 million through the rural transformation programme to Kedah this year and to date half of the funds have been utilised for various purposes, he said.
Ismail Sabri said both parties also discussed developing Pulau Tuba in Langkawi as a tourist village to increase the income of the local population. Meanwhile, Mohd Tajudin said the state government had requested for RM250 million through provisions under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) to improve and resolve water supply problems, especially in five districts which have been considered critical. The areas are Sik; Baling; Padang Terap; Kuala Muda and Bandar Baharu, he said. — Bernama