THE state government plans to build an additional 84 affordable homes in the state.
Housing, local government and environment committee chairman Datuk Tey Kok Kiew said the fund for the project totalling RM3mil was allocated by the Federal Government.
“These planned homes will be provided for free. We decided to construct more such houses after our maiden project at Lipat Kijang in Jasin won praises from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he launched the scheme on June 10,” he said after the state assembly sitting at Seri Negeri.
Tey said several states including Negri Sembilan and Kedah were interested to emulate Melaka in providing similar schemes to their people.
He said the locations of upcoming schemes would be decided based on the areas with the highest number of applicants.
Tey said those under the hardcore poor category could apply for the homes through their respective community heads.
He added that each application would be screened and approved during the weekly state executive council meeting.
Earlier, Chief Minister Adly Zahari said tithe collection for the state had increased by RM4.46mil or 13.5% for the first six months of the year compared to RM3.92mil in 2018.
He said the tithe payment modes were divided into two separate schemes where rates were gauged based on the consumption of rice
He said 88.53% consumed beras super tempatan while 11.46% ate beras super import and basmati.
“The schemes were used to encourage Muslims to pay their tithes based on the type of rice they consume,” he said.
The annual rate for this year is fixed at RM14 for higher quality rice, and RM7 for other types. — By R.S.N. MURALI