KOTA BAHARU: The Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V hopes that all parties are ready to face the possibility of floods in the state during the monsoon season this year.
He said there must be organised planning to avoid surprises, shocks and emergencies resulting from the natural disaster.
“There must be plan A, plan B, and so on so that there are no surprises, shocks and emergencies,” he said at the investiture ceremony at Istana Balai Besar here today, held in conjunction with the Sultan’s 46th birthday celebrations.
Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah led the list of 582 recipients of the state awards and medals.
The Sultan expressed his thanks to the state and federal government machinery, as well as non-governmental organisations for their cooperation and commitment in looking after the welfare of victims of the floods last year.
“I hope all obstacles and problems faced in the construction of permanent homes for the flood victims can be overcome, so that my subjects can enjoy their life as usual. I understand that 393 units of houses have been completed while 560 more are still under construction,” he said.
The Sultan said the hydro-electric project to be built in Nenggiri, Gua Musang by Tenaga Nasional Berhad and several other hydro projects in other areas were critical to save the state from floods like last year’s, which resulted in the victims suffering from the loss of property, crops and the lives of family members.
He also thanked the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department for its cooperation by including projects in the state in the 11th Malaysia Plan and hoped they would materialise.
The Sultan also hoped that the expansion and upgrading plans for Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa, here, would become a reality as it was one of the busiest airports in Malaysia, hence must be given priority.
“I hope it will make the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport a hub for direct international flights, such as for umrah and haj to the Holy Land, and to Thailand, Vietnam and other countries.
“I am also confident that other projects which have been listed such as the Kota Baharu-Kuala Krai Highway, Central Spine Road and the flood mitigation plans for the Sungai Kelantan and Sungai Golok basins can be implemented as scheduled,” he said.
The Sultan also expressed his thanks to the federal government, especially the Finance Ministry, for the construction of the Urban Transformation Centre which is due to be operational early next year.
In conjunction with Visit Kelantan Year 2015, the Sultan urged the tourism sector and the local authorities to play a more active role in promoting the tourism products and in intensifying urban cleanliness and beautification in the state.
He also urged the state government to take pro-active steps to modernise and commercialise the agriculture sector to increase its contribution to the State’s Gross Domestic Output and raise the people’s standard of living.
Also present at the ceremony were the Tengku Mahkota Kelantan, Tengku Dr Muhammad Fa-iz Petra ibni Sultan Ismail Petra, Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob and Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.