GEORGE TOWN, June 12 – The Chief Minister of Penang, Chow Kon Yeow, addressed the media today at Komtar, expressing his awareness and approval of the ongoing progress of the Sungai Pinang Flood Mitigation Plan (RTB) project. The project has now entered the tender evaluation process under the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Climate Change, marking a significant step toward addressing the flood issues in the state.
Mr. Chow Kon Yeow emphasized the importance of a smooth and timely implementation of the project for the benefit and welfare of the people, particularly those living in the Northeast region of Penang. The State Government acknowledges the significance of this initiative in mitigating the frequent flooding problems experienced by residents in the area. In response to a question raised during the Parliament Session Second Meeting, Second Term, Fifteenth Parliament Year 2023, the Chief Minister shed light on the timeline for the project’s implementation.
Phase 1 of the Pinang River Flood Mitigation Plan (RTB) has already gone through the tendering process, with the project being advertised on April 4, 2023, and closed on May 3, 2023. The evaluation process is currently underway, and the appointment of the contractor is expected to take place in September 2023. The completion of Phase 1 is estimated to be in September 2027. Additionally, the Chief Minister highlighted the application for Phase 2 of the Sungai Pinang Basin RTB project.
This phase is part of Rolling Plan 4 (RP4) of the 12th Malaysia Plan and is estimated to require an investment of RM268 million. The Sungai Pinang Flood Mitigation Plan is a crucial endeavor to address the flood issues that have plagued the state of Penang. The State Government, under the leadership of Mr. Chow Kon Yeow, is committed to ensuring the timely and effective implementation of this project, which aims to provide long-term relief to residents in flood-prone areas.
The Chief Minister concluded his statement by expressing optimism for the smooth progress of the Sungai Pinang Flood Mitigation Plan and reiterated the State Government’s commitment to the well-being and safety of the people of Penang.