RM20mil earmarked for KL public housing projects

FEDERAL Territories Ministry will use the RM20mil allocation from the Federal Government for maintenance and upgrades of people’s housing (PPR) and public housing (PA) projects in the city.

Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said he and Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah would meet the PPR and PA residents associations to find out their needs.

Annuar said consulting the residents for input was vital, instead of implementing what the authorities assumed would be good for them.

“We must do what the people want and not just what we want to do for them, ” he said.

He assured that approval for the necessary projects would be issued immediately to ensure the contractors’ work would not be delayed.

“I have told the ministry to expedite the implementation of these projects so that the people can benefit from it, ” he said, adding that these would have an impact on economic growth.

On March 20, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz announced a RM260mil allocation under the People and Economic Strategic Empowerment Programme (Pemerkasa) meant for small contractors from the G1 to G4 classes.

Annuar (centre) watering a Tecoma tree at the Metropolitan Batu Park when launching the programme to plant one million trees, while Mahadi (left) looks on. — LOW LAY PHON/The StarAnnuar (centre) watering a Tecoma tree at the Metropolitan Batu Park when launching the programme to plant one million trees, while Mahadi (left) looks on. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

The allocation — disbursed equally among all state governments — is aimed at implementing small-scale projects such as repairs of public infrastructure, facilities, roads, public housing, social amenity programmes and maintenance of business premises.

Asked if the RM20mil allocation would be disbursed to Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) and Labuan Corporation (PL), Annuar said the bulk would go to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

“Most of the allocation will be for Kuala Lumpur as it has the highest number of PPR and PA projects, ” he explained.However, he said a small amount would be set aside for Labuan.

He pointed out that most of such flats in Putrajaya were still new and did not require much upgrading for now.

The minister said DBKL spent some RM250mil annually on the upgrading and maintenance of PPR and PA flats.

A significant portion of this, he revealed, was for the maintenance of lifts.

Annuar was speaking to reporters after launching a programme to plant one million trees. The event was held at Metropolitan Batu Park in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

Among those present were ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Rosida Jaafar and Mahadi.

Under this programme, Annuar said the ministry — via DBKL, PjC and PL — aimed to plant one million trees in the federal territories by 2025.

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