PM AN­NOUNCES RM8.5m AL­LO­CA­TION TO REHABILITATE MACHANG AMENI­TIES

Na­jib says he will con­tinue to as­sist the peo­ple

New Straits Times - - Front Page - SHARIFAH MAHSINAH AB­DUL­LAH MACHANG news@nst.com.my

THE dis­trict of Machang is set to un­dergo “re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion” with the al­lo­ca­tion of RM8.5 mil­lion to im­prove public ameni­ties and fa­cil­i­ties.

RM5 mil­lion will be used to build ru­ral roads; RM2 mil­lion to re­pair and build new ameni­ties; and RM1.53 mil­lion to re­fur­bish mosques and surau.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said the al­lo­ca­tion in­cluded funds to re­pair 100 houses be­long­ing to the poor, as well as dam­aged ru­ral roads and drains.

“I will con­tinue to ren­der as­sis­tance to (peo­ple in) the country, and of course, Machang.

“Hence, I will ap­prove the re­quest (for the al­lo­ca­tion) by Deputy Re­gional and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Ah­mad Ja­zlan Yaakub,” Na­jib said dur­ing the launch of the dis­trict’s peo­ple hous­ing project (PPR) here yes­ter­day.

Present were In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mustapa Mo­hamed, Lo­cal Govern­ment, Hous­ing and Ur­ban Well-be­ing Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar and Deputy Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Datuk Dr Asyraf Wa­jdi Dusuki.

Na­jib said the Fed­eral Govern­ment had pro­vided a sub­sidy of RM80,000 to RM120,000 for each unit in eight PPR projects in Ke­lan­tan.

The projects in­clude 1,000 PPR units in Kota Baru and 418 units in Machang.

“The sub­sidy rate de­pends on the con­trac­tor and land cost.

“Today, I launched 418 PPR units in Batu 25 here in Machang. The RM75 mil­lion project on a 16ha plot of land is ex­pected to be com­pleted by early 2019.

“Each unit (in Machang) will be sold at RM35,000 to buy­ers with a monthly in­come of RM3,000 and who have yet to own a house.”

In Jeli, Na­jib said the con­struc­tion of the dis­trict’s new hos­pi­tal block might cost about RM57 mil­lion but the govern­ment had never been se­lec­tive in ap­prov­ing al­lo­ca­tions.

“As a leader, I have a prin­ci­ple and that is for the govern­ment to pri­ori­tise the peo­ple’s wel­fare and health.

“l will be fair to ev­ery­one re­gard­less of which party they rep­re­sent,” he said when launch­ing the new Jeli Hos­pi­tal block yes­ter­day.

Na­jib said this had been proved with the con­struc­tion of 10 govern­ment hos­pi­tals in Ke­lan­tan.

“This is the govern­ment’s ap­proach to the peo­ple. There will be new hos­pi­tals in Ba­chok and Kuala Krai, which means 10 dis­tricts in Ke­lan­tan will be cov­ered.”

The project was com­pleted last year to pro­vide ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing wards, two op­er­a­tion rooms, a pathol­ogy unit and more park­ing spa­ces.

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