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KPKT To Propose New Act To Manage Public Housing

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JASIN – The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) is proposing to create a National Public Housing Management Corporation to provide full authority to the ministry to manage all People’s Housing Projects (PPR) in the country.

Its Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said the act would be tabled in Parliament in September next year for debate and passed so that PPR management could be conducted more effectively.

“The act will be established under the National Public Housing Management Corporation which will function as a statutory body but before the act is passed by Parliament, we will set up an Urban People Wellbeing Foundation.

“Under the act, all issues relating to PPR in the country are expected to be resolved and managed properly,” he told reporters after officiating the foundation stone laying ceremony for Kota Budaya in Sungai Rambai Youth Park, here today.

Also present were Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and Sungai Rambai state assemblyman Datuk Hasan Rahman.

Meanwhile, Noh said KPKT was conducting a whitening programme in all PPR nationwide to ensure the housing projects were occupied by citizens and not foreigners.

“We do no want foreigners to live in PPR as the government built them for the poor. The exercise is being carried out comprehensively,” he said.

He said KPKT was also formulating programmes to expand free school bus service for all PPR under the management of KPKT to assist families from the urban poor.

In another development, Noh said KPKT would be putting in allocations to build a new Melaka Big Bazaar amounting to RM40 million in the ministry’s budget in three years starting from 2019.

He said KPKT was also studying the needs to set up an incinerator at the Sungai Udang sanitary disposal site in Melaka to ensure solid waste management proceeded smoothly. – BERNAMA

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