Min­istry tal­ly­ing cost of dam­age on its build­ings

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Ru­ral and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­istry is tal­ly­ing the cost of the dam­age to build­ings owned by the min­istry as a re­sult of the re­cent floods, says Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Is­mail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the Fed­eral Vil­lage Se­cu­rity and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tees in the af­fected dis­tricts have been di­rected to eval­u­ate the dam­age in their ar­eas and sub­mit their re­ports to the min­istry.

“I have asked the com­mit­tees to list the types of in­fra­struc­ture dam­aged by the floods, such as vil­lage roads, surau, com­mu­nity halls and min­istry-owned build­ings for us to record and hand over to the National Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for fur­ther ac­tion,” Is­mail Sabri said af­ter in­spect­ing post-flood re­lief work at Per­matang Rawa here yes­ter­day.

He vis­ited five Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment (Ke­mas) child­care cen­tres in Kam­pung Padang, Kepala Batas, La­har Yooi and Sim­pang Tiga in Tasek Gel­u­gor, Per­matang Rawa and Ta­man Abidin in Je­lu­tong.

Is­mail Sabri also handed out 1,400 packag- es con­tain­ing food, per­sonal ne­ces­si­ties, blan­kets and bed­ding items to flood vic­tims.

He said 41 child­care cen­tres un­der Ke­mas in Pe­nang had suf­fered RM165,000 in dam­ages.

“The min­istry is car­ry­ing out re­pair works so that the chil­dren can con­tinue with their stud­ies. The work­ers are re­paint­ing, and re­pair­ing items, elec­tri­cal wiring and the fur­ni­ture in the af­fected cen­tres.

“All the child­care cen­tres are in op­er­a­tion and were only closed dur­ing the floods. A lot of teach­ing equip­ment were dam­aged, so we are re­plac­ing these items as soon as pos­si­ble,” he added.

Is­mail Sabri also said 1,645 vol­un­teers from five agen­cies un­der the min­istry were sent to as­sist flood vic­tims in 30 lo­ca­tions around Pe­nang. The agen­cies were Ke­mas, Mara, Fel­cra, Risda and Kedah Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

He added that vol­un­teers from Gi­atMara’s trainee pro­gramme would also help re­pair all elec­tri­cal items and mo­tor­cy­cles of flood vic­tims there for free. — Ber­nama

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