KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – The Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, through the Department of Environmental Protection will apply for an allocation of RM200 million from the Federal Government to restore the environment in the former Mamut copper mine in Ranau.
Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Pang Yuk Ming said the RM6.12 million study by the Minerals and Geosciences Department Malaysia which is undertaken by consultants Osborne & Chappel Sdn Bhd, found the cost of treating the mine at RM185 million over 10 years.
“My ministry, through the Department of Environmental Protection and the Minerals and Geosciences Department will continue to monitor the water quality in and outside the mining area,” said Pang when replying to Chan Foong Hin (DAP-Sri Tanjong) in the State Assembly yesterday.
The 4,800 acres of Mamut copper mine is now state land after the lease under Syarikat Mamut Copper Mine Sdn Bhd expired on Feb 15, 2003.
Meanwhile, the Pharmaceutical Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia, has taken action against 307 premises for violation of regulations in the sale of prohibited medicines, including traditional medicines, for the past three years.
“The sale of unregistered traditional medicine can be controlled by the enforcement of Tamu by-laws under any state law or federal law,” said Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam when replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Joniston Bangkuai (BN-Kiulu).
According to Joachim local authorities will continue to work with the Ministry of Health to ensure the sale of unregistered traditional medicine will not be sold to the public.
Sabah’s Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan meanwhile, said that the ministry had no plans to build a mini stadium in the Tungku state assembly under the 10th Malaysia Plan but instead upgrade the football field in Kg Talibas, situated in the constituency.
The assembly was also informed that 15 villages, involving 952 houses, have received electricity supply under the Rural Electricity Supply Project (BELB) through an undersea cable to Pulau Sebatik, costing RM119,664,448.77.
Responding to a question from Datuk Abdul Muis Picho (BN-Sebatik), Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development Datuk Ghulam Khan Bahadar said that all villages in Pulau Sebatik now enjoyed treated water supply, except the isolated villages.
Meanwhile, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman admonished opposition members who questioned the budget surplus or ‘surplus budget’ he presented on Friday.
Musa, who is also state Finance Minister rose to intervene during the debate of the Supply Bill (2015) by Datuk Wilfred Bumburing (PKR-Tamparuli) who claimed that the government had to reduce spending to achieve a budget surplus compared with last year’s budget.
He stressed that the government had cut unnecessary spending while maintaining only the necessary expenses for important ministries in Budget 2015.