BACHOK, June 20 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has announced an immediate additional allocation of RM500 million to tackle the problem of clean water in Kelantan. The provision comes as a result of discussions between the two parties involved. During a working visit to Kelantan, Anwar emphasized the importance of prioritizing the people’s needs over political disputes. He stated that the allocation aims to address the water problem in response to the Kelantan government’s request.
“We cannot afford to engage in endless bickering while the people are suffering from a lack of clean water. Therefore, we have carefully discussed and allocated funds to solve this issue,” Anwar expressed at the Anwar Meeting Program held at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) on Saturday. He further highlighted that the allocation should be properly managed through the appropriate channels. The RM500 million forms part of the earlier announced RM1.7 billion allocation.
The allocated funds will be utilized for pipe replacements in Bachok and the Water Plant Project in Tok Bali, Pasir Puteh, according to Anwar. Previously, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urged the government to allocate RM1 billion to Kelantan for the same purpose this year. The allocation will be administered through a governance framework, while the operational aspects will be entrusted to the Ministry of Finance.