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The following is a complete text of the Working Paper – The Way Forward presented by His Excellency YAB Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Malaysian Business Council.

The purpose of this paper is to present before you some thoughts on the future course of our nation and how we should go about to attain our objective of developing Malaysia into an industrialised country. Also outlined are some measures that should be in place in the shorter term so that the foundations can be laid for the long journey towards that ultimate objective. Read the rest of this entry »

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Only half- a-kilometre of drilling work remains for the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) Project, said Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) Director-General Datuk Paduka Keizrul Abdullah.

He said the drilling machine “Tuah” was currently operating northward of the city and would penetrate the area in front of the flood retention pond in Kg Berembang, Ampang, at the end of March or early April.

The dual-function tunnel measuring 9.7 km to drain off floodwater, which would also be used as a motorway tunnel for cars from the city heading south and vice-versa, was expected to be fully completed in June, he told reporters after visiting the tunnel, here today.

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Malaysia’s Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) project will be featured for the second time on the Discovery Channel.

The hour-long documentary on the world’s first dual-purpose facility — stormwater management and a motorway tunnel — will be televised on Astro’s Channel 50 on Feb 18 at 9 pm and repeated on Feb 19 at 3 am and 2 pm.

Syarikat Konsesi Smart Sdn Bhd, the concessionaire of the motorway tunnel, said the unique and innovative project was initially featured on Discovery Channel’s “Extreme Engineering” programme last year during Malaysia’s 49th National Day celebrations.

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