Saturday July 21, 2012
RM60m to refurbish traditional houses
By ONG HAN SEAN and NIK NAIZI HUSIN
JERANTUT: A sum of RM5,000 will be allocated to each family living in traditional houses in villages near Felda schemes so they can refurbish their homes.
A total of 12,000 families will benefit from the RM60mil allocation, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said this after launching the national-level Kampung Sejahtera Inspirasi Harmoni (KAS1H) programme at Felda Padang Piol here yesterday.
“A total of 4,000 homes would be repaired this year under the first phase of the KAS1H programme,” he said.
He added that Felda settlers would not be forgotten as RM230mil had been set aside as interest-free loans for their home repairs.
“I have ordered Felda to approve all 5,600 loan applications as soon as possible,” said Najib.
On another matter, he also announced that Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) shares would be given to state governments but priority would be given those that can provide land for Felda.
Commenting on Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak's order for its State Development Corporation (PKNK) to sell the 500,000 units of shares purchased from FGVH, Najib likened it to settlers who filed an injunction against the listing process.
“They have received the profit, now they want to ruin Felda by lowering the value of its shares.
“What makes my blood boil was those who filed the injunction against the listing were the first to collect their windfall,” said Najib.
Later in PEKAN, Najib reminded the people to choose their leaders wisely.
“If we make a mistake, we may lose the prosperity that we enjoy.
“Leaders must have the capability to administer the country, formulate policies, generate wealth and foster cordial relations with other countries, too,” he said after presenting donations to 227 mosques and surau in his Pekan parliamentary constituency.
Each received between RM1,000 and RM3,000 in conjunction with Ramadan.