‘ RM50­bil for flood projects’

> Wors­en­ing sea ero­sion might cost govt large sums of money by 2020

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY HAIKAL JALIL

KUALA LUMPUR: The govern­ment might have to spend about RM50 bil­lion by 2020 to build flood mit­i­ga­tion projects at seashores na­tion­wide due to wors­en­ing ero­sion.

Na­tional Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Wan Ju­naidi Tuanku Jaa­far said sea ero­sion due to rising sea level, con­trib­uted by global warm­ing, has caused the govern­ment a huge sum of money.

He added the govern­ment has been work­ing with ex­perts to find so­lu­tions to sea ero­sion, in­clud­ing the plant­ing of trees and land recla­ma­tion.

“Even now, we have spent around RM10 bil­lion on 51 projects na­tion­wide. We need to look into the fu­ture so that town­ships that we build can be safe for years to come,” he said in re­ply to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion by Datuk Roz­man Isli (BNLabuan) who asked on the ef­fects of ero­sion at the seashores in Malaysia due to global warm­ing.

Wan Ju­naidi said global warm­ing brought direct im­pact on in­fra­struc­ture and the so­cio-eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in Malaysia.

The govern­ment is tak­ing steps to curb the is­sue of global warm­ing based on the Paris Agree­ment it had signed this year, he said, adding that it has run pro­grammes un­der the na­tional key sec­tors to re­duce the emis­sion of green­house gases.

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