Sultan Muhammad V wants implementation of five federal projects in Kelantan to be expedited
Last Update: 11/11/2019
KOTA BHARU, Nov 11 -- The Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V wants implementation of five key projects that were promised by the federal government to be expedited in the state.
He said the five projects, which were announced by Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, comprised construction of Phase 3 of the East Coast Expressway (LPT3), expansion and upgrading, construction of Pasir Puteh-Machang-Jeli road, Kota Bharu-Kuala Krai Expressway and a bridge linking Palekbang and Kota Bharu.
“I hope that the state government can assist and work with the federal government to expedite implementation of these projects," he said at the investiture ceremony held in conjunction with his 50th birthday celebration at Istana Balai Besar here today.
The sultan also drew attention to the Visit Kelantan Year next year, with the theme 'I Love Kelantan', where the state is targeting to bring in 5.5 million tourists.
“The theme is apt and in line with the state government’s aspiration to attract more tourists to Kelantan for them to enjoy the local food and delicacies, as well as watch the various exciting events, including festivals that have been arranged,” he added.
Sultan Muhammad V said he also noted the state government’s emphasis on developing new townships, adding that the move would open up more economic activities and also provide employment for the locals.
He also welcomed the involvement of investors in the development of new townships in Kelantan.
“A perfect and dynamic urbanisation should emphasise growth of well-planned and sustainable towns, without neglecting the need to preserve nature.
”In this regard, I congratulate the state government for its success in drawing up the State Sustainable Development Master Plan, which is in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030,” he said, and called for all quarters to work together to realise the objective of the master plan.
On the ‘”Kelantan Bersih” (Clean Kelantan) programme, Sultan Muhammad V said it was a success with positive changes in terms of cleanliness and hygiene among the people in the state.
He said the programme would continue to be carried out next year, with the state government having set aside RM10 million for the purpose next year, from RM6 million this year.
The state government, he said, also allocated RM6.1 million for sports and youth development programmes, which included Kelantan Youth Townhall, Youth State Assembly and Kelantan Youth Day.
“To enhance sports development, the state government has taken over the State Sports Council (MSN) and has re-activated the District Sports Council (MSJ) which is chaired by the respective district officers,” he added.
On the agriculture sector, he said, it would remain as one of the major contributors to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with the state having set up the Kelantan Agriculture Development Corporation to steer the state’s agriculture development.
In the speech, Sultan Muhammad V also thanked all quarters, especially the state government and its officers for their assistance in ensuring a smooth funeral for his father, Sultan Ismail Petra, who died last Sept 28 after being ill for more than a year following a stroke.
He also thanked the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan Dr Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra for taking the role of Regent when he took office as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in December last year.