Anwar: Government will allocate RM4bil to water management in Perak

BAGAN SERAI – The government has approved RM4bil to manage water in Perak. The bulk of the money will go to Kerian district, and the rest to Seberang Perai, Penang.

He confirmed that the government had approved the allocation. It will be implemented by the Kerian Integrated Green Industrial Park.

The data centre for artificial intelligence (AI), which will power the solar-powered industrial park, has revealed that the park requires a large amount of water.

In his speech at the Dewan Dato Zainal Abidin, he stated that the water project was important as a long-term fix. It will not only help the industrial park but also the agricultural community in Kerian with their water problems and Seberang perai Selatan’s treated water issues.

Present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad, and Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

Anwar stated that research shows if the water at Sungai Perak is managed correctly, not only will flooding problems be overcome but there will also be a sufficient water supply in the state.

He said that with proper water management there would not only be enough water, but also surplus water.

Anwar agreed in his speech to the request by Perak Mentri besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad that an interchange be built at the North-South Expressway, near the Industrial Park Project. The cost of the interchange is estimated at RM60mil.

Anwar said that the implementation of an interchange is important to support the Industrial Park.

He said that the approval of the first interchange should be expedited.

Fadillah, who is also the Energy Transition and Water Transformation Minister, told reporters later that his job was to oversee that all infrastructure-related matters concerning the industrial park are completed as soon as possible.

He added that this included energy, water issues, road problems, and telecommunications.

The water will be taken from Sungai Perak, and channelled into Bukit water for use in the industrial park as well as for agricultural and drinking purposes.

He added that “part of the water would also be channelled into Seberang perai.”

The RM4bil allocated is for water management in Perak as a whole, but the majority of it will be spent on the Kerian district.

He said that the exchange is expected to be worth more than RM60mil.

The Prime Minister has in principle approved RM60mil. “However, depending on design and other factors there could be an increase”, he said.

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