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Commonwealth Youth City project in Tanjung Malim to be revived – Perak MB

— The Perak government will revive the Commonwealth Youth City project in Tanjung Malim that was shelved during Pakatan Harapan’s rule.

Menteri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said the project that was implemented under former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir’s administration, was part of plans for the Southern Perak Development Corridor.

“That plan was suspended after the new state government took over in 2018 and with its own policies introduced at that time, the project was shelved.

“Coincidently, when I was appointed Menteri Besar, the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) and the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER), which before this only focused on development in North Perak, agreed to expand its plans to the south as well.

He was speaking to reporters after presenting letters of appointment to Perak Youth Council members for the 2021-2022 term here today.

Saarani said the project would be revived because there were several public institutions of higher learning in the district, adding that the project was also expected to have a positive impact on Proton City in Tanjung Malim, which borders the Klang Valley.

“Selangor is also becoming increasingly congested, so they (investors) are moving industries to the Perak-Selangor border. So, we want to take advantage of this by focusing on developing Southern Perak,” he said.

Tanjung Malim had been earmarked before this to be developed as the site for the first Commonwealth Youth City project in the world, leveraging on existing public infrastructure and facilities and collaborations with the government, government-linked companies (GLCs), the private sector and the general public.

This visionary project was announced by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales during the Commonwealth Youth Summit in November 2017, supported by the Malaysian government and the Perak government in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Innovation Centre and youth councils in Malaysia.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Govt urged to extend road upgrade works in Bera to N. Sembilan border

Bera Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is seeking the government’s consideration to extend road upgrading works at Jalan Temerloh-Bera here, which were completed recently, up to the Negeri Sembilan border.

Ismail Sabri, who is also the Senior Minister (Security Cluster), said the route has become an alternative for those coming from the east coast especially west Pahang, who want to head south without having to enter Kuala Lumpur.

“We estimate the cost to upgrade the 23-kilometre road to be around RM350 million and if it cannot be done up to the Negeri Sembilan border, we hope the government can consider implementing it up to Kemayan (in Bera) to save cost.

“The route seems to be able to reduce traffic congestion on the highway heading towards Kuala Lumpur especially at the Gombak and Bentong toll plazas during the festive season. In fact, the road is getting popular now, causing it to be busy during weekends.”

Ismail Sabri said this to reporters after attending the handing-over ceremony of road upgrading project from Jalan Kampung Chuat to Kampung Imam Sulong in Kampung Chuat here, today, with Pahang Public Works Department deputy director Ir Ahmad Azizi Ismail also present.

Commenting on Jalan Kampung Chuat, he said the upgrading works involved a 4.1 km route with a final cost of RM3 million, which started on Aug 14, 2019 and completed on Dec 15, last year, three months earlier than scheduled.

“The road benefits over 1,500 people from surrounding areas especially Kampung Chuat residents who consist of the Orang Asli community to go to nearby traditional villages and to the town to purchase daily necessities,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said road upgrading works were also carried out in two more Orang Asli settlements in Bera, involving an allocation of RM5 million, respectively, namely in Kampung Serting which had been completed, while the works in Kampung Bongkok would commence soon.

“This shows that the government never sidelined the Orang Asli community and I have personally asked all Tok Batin around Bera to ensure that residents don’t simply open up new settlements to make it easier for the government to channel aid,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Penang South Reclamation project expected to start in May or June

— The state government is committed to implementing the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project which is expected to start in late May or early June.

Deputy Chief Minister I, Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abd Rahman said the coastal reclamation work would begin once the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) has been approved, expected to be in May.

“The Department of Environment has a standard operating procedure (SOP) and they are professional in their work approach. There is no reason for us to speculate (that the EMP will be denied),” he said at a news conference after visiting the Island A reclamation site today.

The visit covered three locations at Island A, namely, where the reclamation work starts, the southernmost part and the westernmost.

He said the visit to the first location was to see the distance between the new island and the existing beach area, which is about 300 metres, while the distance between the latter and southernmost location of the reclaimed island is about 4 km.

Under the PSR project, the state government has proposed the development of reclaimed sea area of 1,821 hectares, including the creation of three man-made islands from the waters of Permatang Damar Laut. to Gertak Sanggul

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Govt agencies should discuss ways to address loud exhaust issue – Wee

The Transport Ministry (MOT) is urging all relevant government agencies to sit down together to find the best way to deal with motorcycle exhaust modification offence.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said he realised that some people have been pointing fingers at the ministry on the sale of modified exhausts in the market, and stressed that some matters were out of the ministry’s jurisdiction.

“We have to look at the overall ecosystem…some say loud exhaust should be banned but it may not come under MOT’s jurisdiction as it may involve the Customs and such.

“Some people also questioned how the exhausts can enter the market and accused KPDNHEP (Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry) of not protecting consumers when buying prohibited items. I’ve read a lot of comments on Facebook…this does not only involve the MOT but other bodies as well.”

He said this in a news conference after launching the Diesel Multiple Unit Train (DMU) at the Pasir Mas railway station here, today.

Meanwhile, Wee said currently, the Road Transport Department (RTD) was only taking advocacy actions on loud exhaust offences.

“The RTD only issues the Notice 114 for an interview to assist investigation. We are taking the advocacy approach for the time being.

“We don’t want to trouble the people but there are complaints that the people were unable to sleep due to loud exhaust. However, we are still using the advocacy approach,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Act 118 to be amended to help house buyers of abandoned projects

The Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1996 (Act 118) will be amended to help house buyers buyers of abandoned housing projects, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin.

She said the amendment to the act was being drawn up to address issues concerning abandoned housing projects, as well as to enable stricter action to be taken against developers.

“Under the current law, the developers will only be blacklisted,” she told a press conference after opening the Sarawak branch Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) office here today.

The ministry, she said, would also set up a fund where housing developers are required to allocate a certain amount into the fund before they can develop a housing project.

“The fund will be used if the developer were to abandon the project,” she added.

Meanwhile, on the opening of the SPNB office, Zuraida said it was one of the agency’s rebranding initiatives in Sarawak.

“Members of the public, especially the B40 group in Sarawak, can contact SPNB directly to obtain information on the People Friendly Housing Program (RMR) and to purchase the affordable homes under SPNB,” she added.

SPNB has so far built 2,904 housing units in Sarawak, with several other projects will be launched, including in Kuching and Miri involving 2,187 units.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19 screening extended to two more villages in Hulu Besut

–The COVID-19 screening programme has been extended to two villages located close to the areas placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Hulu Besut,

State Health Department director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus said since yesterday, screenings have been conducted in Kampung Pak Sik and Felcra Keruak located near Kampung Belaoh, Kampung Keruak and the Belaoh Baru PPRT which have been under EMCO since last Wednesday, after the Belaoh Cluster was detected.

“The screening programme at the two villages will involve 1,094 residents as some of them have been in contact with people in the three villages placed under EMCO,” she told reporters after monitoring the screening process at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Keruak today.

Nor Azimi does not rule out the possibility that there would be an increase in positive cases in the five villages following the ongoing screenings.

“Currently, the infectivity rate (Rt) in Terengganu is 1.53 but two weeks ago the state recorded the lowest Rt at 0.53,” she said.

The Belaoh cluster identified on April 6, is a community cluster involving Besut and Marang districts in Terengganu and Bachok district in Kelantan.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

DMU trains to boost East Coast’s economic, social, tourism sectors – Wee

The Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains that were launched today will bring reforms and boost the economic, social and tourism sectors in the East Coast, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

He said for a start, five of the 13 DMUs would start operation for the East Coast alignment involving the Tumpat-Gua Musang and Gua Musang-Kuala Lipis routes.

“The DMU trains, worth RM380 million, are much better than conventional trains in terms of comfort for passengers.

“The service provided is equivalent with the developed countries, proving that the government is not only focusing on the Klang Valley but also the East Coast,” he told at a press conference after launching the DMU trains at the Pasir Mas Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Station, here today.

Also present was State Works, Infrastructure, Transport and Utilities Committee chairman Datuk Azami Mohd Nor.

Earlier, Wee and his entourage had boarded the train at the Tumpat KTM station and disembarked at the station here.

The DMU trains were procured to replace the KTM Intercity conventional diesel train service, with each coach having 204 seats and equipped with modern facilities, such as LED screens, power sockets, prayer room, toilet, bistro and parcel storage space.

The train also has four seats and toilets for persons with disabilities (PwDs).

Source: BERNAMA News Agency