ALOR SETAR: The Kedah government has taken the unprecedented move to allocate RM1 million to implement a rural housing rental aid programme in view of the rising cost of living.
Information, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah said today 555 households classified as poor and without housing aid would benefit from the programme that was launched on Nov 1 last year.
“With this programme, we can help more poor rural people who cannot afford to rent houses and do not own land. We can help resolve the problems of the poor rural people,” he told reporters after launching the Zamalah Wartawan 1Malaysia programme.
He disclosed this when commenting on the advice of the Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’Adzam Shah, yesterday for the Kedah menteri besar and state executive councillors to find ways to ease the financial burden of the people in the wake of falling commodity prices and the value of the ringgit.
Mohd Tajuddin said the RM320-million ‘Rubber City’ in Padang Terap would serve as a catalyst for efforts to reduce and eradicate poverty in Kedah.
“The project will help rubber smallholders. The returns will help raise their economic standard and that of the state,” he said.
He also said that Visit Kedah 2016 would also help to raise the economic standard of the local people who could benefit from the influx of tourists.