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Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 7:40:10 AM
by foong pek yee
ALOR SETAR: Most of the 450 new villages in the country have basic infrastructure and are within the mainstream development, says Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung.
The MCA vice-president attributed this to the Housing and Local Government Ministry which channelled direct funding to these villages and put in place development plans for them.
As one of its former ministers, Chor said the villages had seen rapid development in the last two decades.
Nevertheless, he hoped that any change in the pattern of funding would help ensure continuous development for the villages.
Apart from the 450 set up during the Emergency in the late 1940s, Chor said another 157 traditional fishing villages had joined the list in 2009.
“However, these (fishing) villages are not as developed as the rest and they need extra attention,” he said after launching a cyclethon by the LM Bikers in conjunction with Malaysia Day here yesterday.
A Chinese daily had reported last week that the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry might cease direct funding to the 607 villages.
It is learnt that the funds would be channelled via the local councils.
However, its minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan had reportedly informed Labis MP Datuk Chua Tee Yong that a decision on the channel of funding had yet to be made.
Chua, also an MCA central committee member, said the party wanted a say in the outcome of the matter.
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