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Sultan Muhammad V says the floods had hit several states badly and left a huge impact on the economy and social lives of the people. — Bernama pic
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KOTA BARU, March 16, 2015:
Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V wants the state government-gederal government cooperation to be boosted to build permanent homes for flood victims who lost their houses in the extraordinary floods in December.
He hoped the homes could be completed within a reasonable period of time so that the lives of the flood victims could return to normal.
“I hope the state government can ensure the houses are built on suitable land and comply with the regulations and law,” he said when opening the Third Session of the 13th Kelantan Legislative Assembly at Kompleks Kota Darulnaim here, today.
According to the record of the Kelantan Joint Flood Committee, 1,827 houses were destroyed by the floods in the state.
The sultan expressed his thanks and appreciation to all state and federal government agencies, non-government organisations and all quarters involved in rescue work and extending aid to the people afflicted with the disaster, whether during or after the floods.
“Without exception, my expression of appreciation is also extended to other state governments in Malaysia, and abroad which also extended humanitarian aid.”
Sultan Muhammad V said floods also inundated several other states and had left a huge impact on the economy and social lives of the people.
“Indeed, what has taken place has its own wisdom. We as humans should accept it.”
Meanwhile, the sultan said the state government must take proactive steps to reduce the negative impact from the changes in the economic landscape following the current global economic scenario, which exhibited a shrinking and dampening economy.
He said Malaysia was expected to face a challenging economy following the fall in the prices of oil globally and the drastic drop in the value of the ringgit compared with other Southeast Asian nations, besides the extraordinary flood disaster.
“This environment will surely impact the finance and development of the state government,” said the Sultan, who also wanted the state government to undertake austerity measures in administering the state and optimise the collection of revenue.
Sultan Muhammad V also urged the federal government to speed up infrastructural facilities which had been long planned such as the Gua
Musang-Kuala Krai-Kota Baru central spine road and coastal road.
“I hope the federal government will give specific consideration to these state infrastructural projects in preparing the 11th Malaysia Plan.”
He also suggested that the state government took strategic steps to develop several productive sub-sectors in the service sector such as tourism, wholesale, retail and micro financing.
He also wanted the state government and federal government to set up a conducive environment to woo investors to the state and focus on south Kelantan as a new area for industrial development.
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