MUAR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced an allocation of RM100 million to install 50,000 LED street lights in villages nationwide.
From the total, RM50 million is provided by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) while the government will make up the balance for the installation of the lights, which is set to benefit 2.5 million villagers across the country.
“Felda and the village streetlight programme are close to my heart. In fact, last year, the government had allocated RM100 million to install streetlights in all villages nationwide.
“Streetlights in villages will make the environment brighter, especially LED lights. So this year, the government has agreed to allocate RM100 million for the installation of 50,000 LED street lights nationwide.
“I hope the installation, which is expected to take between 10 to 14 months, will be sped up, if possible before Aidilfitri,” he said.
Najib was speaking while officiating the ‘Majlis Pemimpin Bersama Rakyat’ and a handover ceremony for village streetlights for Phase 8 of the programme, in Padang Awam Bukit Mor, Parit Jawa, near here.
Present were his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Razali Ibrahim, who is also Muar member of parliament.
Meanwhile, Najib said Umno and Barisan Nasional has continued to prove that they not only have a systematic administration, but also possess a clear vision of the nation’s development.
He said the opposition, including Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), were even given the freedom to form a new political party.
“If you want to form a new political party, there are no restrictions. But it seems that the ‘parti bunga’ (PPBM) merely copied Umno’s constitution, a case of ‘cut and paste’.
“And now, the Registrar of Societies has reportedly received numerous complaints from the party’s grassroots who are dissatisfied. They didn’t conduct any meetings at the division and branch levels, yet organised a general assembly.
“How do they expect to run the country and ensure stability when even the management of the party is in chaos? If they themselves are unstable, how then will they develop the country with development projects? Let’s not even talk about high speed rail projects, it seems that even a village street light project seems beyond their reach,” he said.