Tuesday, 10 March 2009

make sure they complete the proj in time,

RM202m for Sabah, S'wak hardcore poor
Kuala Lumpur: The Federal Government has allocated RM202 million on projects to build 5,050 houses and longhouses for hardcore poor families in Sabah and Sarawak.
Rural and Regional Development Minister, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, said of the allocation, RM102 million would be used for 2,550 houses in Sarawak while the remainder RM100 million for 2,500 houses in Sabah under the housing aid programme (PBR).
"The projects will include 145 longhouses worth RM6.38 million at Seduku Baru and Batang Lupar and eight longhouses worth RM6.4 million at Limbang, Miri, Bintulu, Kapit, Mukah, Sarikei, Betong and Sri Aman, destroyed in a fire recently," he said in a statement here, Saturday.
Muhammad said the Government would spend RM49.6 million on four new housing areas in Sabah, comprising 1,240 houses, to restructure Kg Mengkabong in Tuaran, Kg Kiandut and Ladang PPRT Tongod and Kalabakan.
Another RM50.4 million would be spent on individual projects, part of the 17,000 houses costing RM500 million to be built for hardcore poor families nationwide under the aid programme.
"Each house will cost RM40,000 as agreed by the Cabinet meeting on Oct 1. We will discuss with the Sarawak Public Works and Housing Departments on the standard plan for longhouses. It can be modified to suit community needs."
Muhammad said to ensure more efficient implementation, the Ministry would ask state governments, including those ruled by the opposition, to allocate sites for hardcore poor housing projects.
Families with a household income of RM720 monthly are categorised as hardcore poor. - Bernama