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Penampang’s Flood Mitigation plan included in the 13th Malaysia Plan


17 June 2024

By AVV


PENAMPANG: The flood mitigation plan phases 2 and 4, as outlined in the Penampang Development Plan, are slated to be included for implementation during the 13th Malaysian Plan.


Datuk Ewon Benedick, the Member of Parliament for Penampang, emphasised that this decision was reached following extensive fieldwork and discussions with relevant authorities.


He highlighted the significance of these efforts, which included a visit from Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Haji Fadillah Haji Yusof to inspect the designated sites and discussed with the Sabah Chief Minister as well as the Minister of Public Works.


Addressing attendees at the Harvest Festival in Kg Kolopis, Penampang, yesterday, Ewon noted that these interactions had facilitated commitments from pertinent agencies to execute the flood mitigation plan, leading to its integration into the 13th Malaysia Plan.


"I firmly believe that open dialogues among relevant authorities are crucial in ensuring the successful execution of development plans," he remarked, that he didn't advocate creating waves on social media to talk about necessary developments.


Regarding the Penampang Development Plan, he mentioned that he intended to communicate privately with his colleagues in Cabinet and related ministries who are currently preparing development plans and projects to be incorporated in the Malaysia Plan.


Ewon who is also the Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Corporative said almost all the issues in Penampang needed allocations, and the onus is on the government to accord them the allocation, through the respective Ministries.


In this regard, the Prime Minister Datuk Anwar Ibrahim will announce government projects next year, and as the Member of Parliament for Penampang, he aims to seize as many opportunities as possible for the benefit of his constituency.


Regarding development plans, he emphasised that the Penampang Development Plan serves as an ideal blueprint for implementation, encompassing the development requirements of the constituency and with endorsement from the District Action Committee.


On the Harvest Festival he stated that it serves to ensure the perpetuity of the tradition as well as promote friendship and solidary among the people, as shown by the people in Kolopis region where seven villages came together to hold the celebration.


He emphasised the importance of maintaining unity within the region and cautioned against external influences, whether political or otherwise, that could disrupt this unity. He stressed that without unity, there is a risk of confusion, which could hinder the effective implementation of development plans and allocation of resources to the region.


He further urged entrepreneurs in the region to take advantage of the initiatives offered by the ten agencies under his ministry. He highlighted a grant scheme specifically tailored for entrepreneurs in Sabah and Sarawak, a first of its kind under his leadership. Notably, a local entrepreneur in the tourism industry, operating his business in Kg Kibunut, benefitted from this scheme, receiving RM244,000 under the grant for entrepreneurs utilising private limited companies.


He also mentioned that cooperatives registered with the Malaysia Cooperative Commission (SKM) can access grants of up to RM300,000 or financing capital of up to RM30 million.


According to him, last month he had channelled 214 grants to young entrepreneurs in Sabah which has the most number of recipients as compared to other states in Malaysia.


He reiterated his commitment to the people of his constituency, with local representations in the agencies under his Ministry which included Datuk Phillip Lasimbang in Yayasan Bank Rakyat and Tan Sri Bernard Dompok as Chairman of SME Corp among others.


Also present during the events were notables including Datuk Phillip Lasimbang the Yayasan Bank rakyat Chairman and Datuk Richard Jomiji the Organising Chairman of the event, as well as other notables, such as Datuk Laurentius Ambu the Deputy Chairman of the INSKEN Board of Trustees and Datin Juliana Janni, among others.

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