PPR may be ex­tended to army, po­lice

New Straits Times - - News -

The Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­istry is open to ex­tend­ing the Peo­ple’s Hous­ing Pro­ject (PPR) to army per­son­nel, po­lice and their vet­er­ans.

Its min­is­ter, Tan Sri Noh Omar, said army, po­lice and vet­er­ans as­so­ci­a­tions must help the min­istry ob­tain land for the pur­pose.

“The min­istry is ready to co­op­er­ate and give pri­or­ity to the mat­ter, but they must help us iden­tify lo­ca­tions for the homes and ac­quire the land.

“If they have ev­ery­thing, we can dis­cuss about PPR homes for them,” he said af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing a po­lice beat base at SK Pu­chong Per­dana in Pu­chong yesterday.

He said the min­istry had no plans yet to start a PPR for spe­cific groups such as the army or po­lice.

“PPR is open to all Malaysians who meet the re­quire­ments, such as a house­hold monthly in­come of be­low RM3,000.”

Noh said the min­istry was ap­proached by a se­cu­rity ser­vices as­so­ci­a­tion over the same is­sue.

On Fri­day, Umno in­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri An­nuar Musa, dur­ing the Je­la­jah Mesra Pen­eran­gan road­show, raised the is­sue that many army and po­lice vet­er­ans had no homes of their own.

An­nuar, who would raise the is­sue in Par­lia­ment to­mor­row, said vet­er­ans should be of­fered a PPR unit when they first joined the po­lice or army, and not to­wards the end of their ser­vice.

The Malaysian Army Chi­nese Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion wel­comed the readi­ness ex­pressed by the min­istry to of­fer PPR homes to the army, po­lice and their vet­er­ans.

Its com­mit­tee mem­ber, Cap­tain (Rtd) Dr Wong Ang Peng said this showed the gov­ern­ment was con­cerned about vet­er­ans.

“We will be more proac­tive in find­ing rea­son­ably priced land.

“It is a win-win sit­u­a­tion for the min­istry and vet­er­ans. We will def­i­nitely work on it.”

Ex-Po­lice­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Has­san Yu­soff said the mat­ter would be dis­cussed with the Bukit Aman Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment.

PIC BY AIZUDDIN SAAD

Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar of­fi­ci­at­ing a po­lice beat base at SK Pu­chong Per­dana in Pu­chong, Se­lan­gor, yesterday.

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