An allocation of RM392 billion will be required as a long-term solution to overcome the country’s flood problems, says Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
According to Bernama, the minister said the allocation will be for a long-term solution that will be going on for the next 78 years. He added that this shows the government’s seriousness in dealing with climate change issues.
He said allocation included an ‘off budget’ allocation of RM15 billion for a period of 8 years from 2023 to 2030 for flood mitigation projects, as well as the construction of sabo structures in critical areas severely affected by the North East Monsoon.
A sabo structure is designed to slow the water current to lower river or streams as well as to trap logs, huge rocks and debris during a water surge phenomenon.
“For long-term measures up to 2100, the ministry estimates an allocation of RM392 billion is needed to overcome flood problems in Malaysia.”
“This cost estimate, among others, includes the main components of flood mitigation and urban drainage amounting to RM230.71 billion and coastal infrastructure amounting to RM126.55 billion,” Tuan Ibrahim said.
He also stressed that the ministry is committed to ensuring the well-being of the people through mid and long-term measures.
“The Ministry is also drafting details for the implementation of climate change adaptation. The rise in global temperature will further increase the risk of disasters and the direct impact on the well-being of people and the economy.”
“In this regard, the government has developed the National Water Sector Transformation Agenda 2040 starting with the 12th Malaysia Plan up to the 15th Malaysia Plan,” he said.
He further elaborated that this agenda will focus on efforts to strengthen sector governance, including mainstreaming adaptation in flood risk management by taking into account the integration of disaster risk management through long and short-term flood management mitigation.
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