Malaysian state assembly shows respect to Flight MH370

IPOH - The Perak state assembly sitting observed a minute's silence for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 during its opening.

Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah was emotional when he touched on the tragedy during his opening speech here yesterday.

There were 239 passengers and crew members on the plane which ended its flight in the southern Indian Ocean.

"The tragedy is heart-wrenching and shrouded in mystery.

"I pray to God to ensure the search operation is successful and the mystery will be unravelled to stop all speculation," he said.

Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, in representing the state assembly, expressed the House's appreciation to the Federal Govern­ment and the 26 countries involved with the search operation.

In his speech, he said the Federal Government had approved 33 new projects and 141 on-going projects worth about RM834mil to the state.

Among the planned projects are the Segari New Town people's housing scheme, secondary schools in Proton City, Kampung Bahagia in Teluk Intan and Kampung Bawong in Sungai Siput, a wildlife rescue centre and a National Archive building.

Raja Dr Nazrin Shah said a portion of the West Coast Expressway, about 19km of road from the Sungai Bernam bridge in Hutan Melintang to the Sultan Yussuf bridge in Teluk Intan, would commence work in June.

"That portion of road is expected to be completed in 2017 while the whole project is scheduled to be finished in 2019, according to the concession agreement," he said, adding that the West Coast Expressway was about 316km in total, connecting Banting to Changkat Jering.