09 November 2008

Johor prepares for year-end flooding

River dredging, estuary master planning and protection of Ramsar sites are among the efforts.

An allocation of RM355 million has been set aside for river dredging in Johor. This will affect Sungai Lenik and Sungai Juasseh in Segamat; Sungai Tampok, Sungai Pinggan and Sungai Air Baloi in Pontian as well as Sungai Masai in Johor Baru.

There will also be research on master plans for five estuaries.

An MOU was also signed between UEM Land and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to draw up an environment masterplan for Nusajaya, Johor's new administrative centre under Iskandar Malaysia. Nusajaya lies next to the Sungai Pulai Ramsar site, a 91.2 square kilometres area which has been gazetted as wetlands.

The Malaysian government was committed to protecting the six Ramsar sites in the country, three of which are in Johor: Sungai Pulai, Kukup Island and Tanjung Piai in Johor.

“RM26.43mil has been allocated under the Ninth Malaysian Plan to ensure the pristine conditions of these sites,”

Full reports on the wildsingapore news blog.

More about possible impact of flooding on Chek Jawa and our northern shores.

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