KUANTAN: Pahang Mentri Besar has announced several projects and special programmes that can be implemented this year thanks to improved state finances.
Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said this was a result of efforts to increase revenue and reduce leakages.
“These special projects and programmes will have a direct impact on the people of Pahang. This is in line with the principles of the state government to return the benefits to the people from the revenue obtained, ” he said.
Among the programmes was a special incentive payment of RM200 for the first wedding of a couple earning RM5,000 and below.
The incentive, which would be subject to terms and guidelines to be determined, is expected to benefit almost 14,000 couples with an estimated total cost of RM2.8mil.
A special one-off assistance of RM300 to the poor, including single mothers and seniors in the poor category, is also expected to benefit almost 25,000 needy people in Pahang with an estimated total cost of RM7.5mil.
A one-off special payment of RM5,000 would be distributed to 542 Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) in Pahang. The total allocation would be RM2.71mil.
A special RM1,000 one-off payment to the imams in Pahang would be given, expected to benefit some 1,036 imams throughout the state. The total cost is estimated at RM1.036mil.
Wan Rosdy said a water reservoir project would be developed in Lipis to address the water shortage problem at an estimated cost of RM10mil to RM12mil.
“The state government will identify other suitable locations that need additional water resources for such reservoir projects, ” he said.
He added that 84 housing units would be built for the needy in the state at an estimated cost of RM5mil.
The state government, said Wan Rosdy, was also studying the implementation of the People’s Housing scheme for B40 in Pahang.
Lastly, special health cards for senior citizens would be introduced at an estimated cost of RM10mil.
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