THE Disaster Management Unit (UPB), set up by the Penang government, must take proactive measures in anticipation of the northeast monsoon.
Lee Khai Loon (PH-Machang Bubuk) said the UPB plays a crucial role in managing and coordinating all activities related to crisis responses and emergency management.
“Analysing real-time weather data, strategically allocating resources, and ensuring that all temporary relocation centres (PPS) are equipped with essential tools to meet the basic needs of flood victims are critical tasks,” he said when debating the motion of thanks on the address by the Penang Governor Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak, during the State Legislative Assembly session, today.
Lee took the chance to express his appreciation to the state for the construction of a retention pond in Alma.
“Efforts to maintain drains and the drainage system should be undertaken promptly.
“Ensure that all pumping stations function properly, and retention ponds operate at optimum levels,” he stressed.
Lee also urged the Federal Government to allocate funds for critical infrastructure projects in Seberang Perai.
“Immediate action is needed to address traffic congestion on the North-South Expressway, from the Juru Toll to Sungai Dua Toll.
“The proposed elevated highway is eagerly awaited,” he added.
Separately, Lee commended the progress of the Perak-Penang Water Scheme.
“While the agreement for treated water supply from Perak is a positive step, the financial implications and negotiation process should be transparent.
“I urge the state government to provide the information to the state representatives here before finalising the agreement,” he said.
In his address, Lee added that the state government needs to adopt various holistic strategies and initiatives to make Penang a strategic destination for investment and national economic development.
“Critical infrastructure development, such as roads, transportation networks, and logistical facilities such as the Penang International Airport, must be upgraded to meet the growing demands,” he said.
Story by Christopher Tan