KOTA KINABALU: An emergency allocation of RM150mil has been approved to repair roads and bridges damaged by recent floods and landslides in the state, says Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
The Chief Minister said the relevant departments have been ordered to expedite the repair works as soon as possible.
“I was told that road and infrastructure damages due to natural disasters statewide is estimated at RM150mil while property damage like agriculture crops and others is estimated at RM135mil.
“We are doing our best. I hope the people will understand and be patient as the relevant agencies are carrying out works to fix all the damaged roads,” he told reporters after visiting one of the damaged road links at KM44.7 of Jalan Penampang-Tambunan on Tuesday (Jan 26).
He was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, state secretary Datuk Safar Untong and state Public Works Department director Ali Ahmad.
Hajiji said the repair cost for the damaged section was estimated at RM5mil.
Repair works were ongoing at present, with only one lane opened to traffic.
Asked on how to ensure the infrastructure could be reinforced to withstand damage from future natural disasters, Hajiji said the matter was being looked into but there was no way to completely stop such “unpredictable” incidents.
“No matter how strong a structure is, sometimes even new ones can be damaged when a natural disaster strikes, ” he said.
Hajiji also said the state government would be requesting funds from the Federal Government for repairs on all infrastructure under the federal jurisdiction.