16 Jul 2013 07:54

KUALA BESUT, July 16 (Bernama) -- The government has agreed to allocate RM250 million to deepen the Sungai Besut estuary of for the fishing and tourism industries.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had yesterday approved the allocation for the project which was expected to be implemented early next year.

"Yesterday, the Prime Minister had agreed to the project to deepen the estuary of Sungai Besut, which had long been requested, at a cost of RM250 million to facilitate fishermen and tourists," he said after performing the ground-breaking for the construction of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Alor Peroi here today. He said the allocation was a long term initiative, and for a start, RM50,000 would be allocated to appoint consultants to carry out a detailed study before the project was implemented in six months. Meanwhile, on the by-election campaign for the Kuala Besut state seat, Muhyiddin said the opposition, which was lacking in issues, had to now resort to personal attacks to fish for vote.



He said the Barisan Nasional (BN) would not entertain any strategy by the opposition to carry out personal attacks on its candidate because the voters in Kuala Besut were discerning and would not be influenced by the slander of the opposition.

"I wonder how certain parties can say he (the BN candidate) is not a local when it had been proven he is a local resident. His parents are still here.

"By right, we should avoid making statements which are not correct during Ramadan, what more to lie, slander and defame," he said.

Rather than entertain the slander of the opposition, he said it was better for the BN candidate and machinery to focus on efforts to solve the issues and problems faced by local residents.

According to Muhyiddin, the BN candidate Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abdul Rahman, to date, had received solid support from voters in Kuala Besut after it was learnt that he visited the whole of Kuala Besut.

In the meantime, he said the government planned to build SMK Alor Peroi which would have 30 classes, at a cost of RM28 million, to facilitate children in Alor Peroi.

Muhyiddin said the project was expected to be implemented in August.