8,889 PPRT houses to be built, re­paired

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME -

JOHOR BAHRU: The Min­istry of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment (KPLB) will build and re­pair 8,889 houses via the Hard­core Poor Hous­ing Pro­gramme (PPRT) this year on a RM200 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion.

Its Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said that 44,430 peo­ple would ben­e­fit from the pro­gramme which com­prised the con­struc­tion of 1,535 units of new houses and the re­pair of 7,354 old houses.

“As of Dec 15, 10,841 PPRT units were built and re­paired ex­ceed­ing the 10,550 units tar­get, 817 units were new houses while 10,024 units were ex­ist­ing ones on a RM271 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion,” she told re­porters after chair­ing a Ru­ral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil­lors and Min­is­ter Co-or­di­na­tion Meet­ing (MEXCLUB) here yes­ter­day.

Rina said, de­spite the low­er­ing of al­lo­ca­tion, the qual­ity and size of the con­struc­tion of the PPRT houses were not af­fected with the use of In­dus­tri­alised Build­ing Sys­tem (IBS) and con­ven­tional method which si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­duced the cost up to 18 per cent.

She said there was a need to in­crease the build­ing of new houses com­pared to re­pair­ing ex­ist­ing houses to avoid re­peated ap­pli­ca­tions for re­pairs.

“The meet­ing to­day also noted the im­prove­ment in the PPRT im­ple­men­ta­tion pro­ce­dures which in­cluded the up­dat­ing of e-kasih data and PPRT re­cip­i­ents list to pre­vent unqualified peo­ple from ben­e­fit­ing,” she said.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, Rina said the min­istry would con­sider the pro­posal of the Johor gov­ern­ment to cre­ate new tra­di­tional vil­lages in Felda schemes in the state.

She said the pro­posal was to en­able Vil­lage Com­mu­nity Man­age­ment Coun­cil (MPKK) to be es­tab­lished in the new tra­di­tional vil­lages.

Asked to com­ment on the role of Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) which had al­legedly de­vi­ated from the pur­pose of its set­ting up, Rina said the claim was not apt be­cause un­der Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) nu­mer­ous ef­forts were done to im­prove and bring back the role of the or­gan­i­sa­tion on track.

At the same time, she said the se­lec­tion of AIM’s new chair­man Datuk Ju­naidah Kit­ing too was made based on qual­i­fi­ca­tion and not crony­ism prac­tises as al­leged. - Ber­nama

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