THE state government is set to implement the “Rimbunan Kasih” project where affordable houses will be built for the poor and needy.
The project, which is currently in place in Pekan, Pahang, utilises the Industrialised Building System (IBS).
IBS is a method to mass manufacture energy-efficient and affordable housing in a fully integrated system, allowing homes to be built in as short as two weeks.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the project allowed for as many as 100 homes to be constructed within a 12ha area.
“Each home would also be allocated land for farming, in line with the state’s aim to eradicate poverty,” he said.
Dr Zambry said modern farming techniques, including fertigation and aquaponics, would be practised to give the occupants an additional monthly income of between RM1,200 and RM,2000.
“They will be encouraged to plant crops such as golden pomeloes, which yield good returns,” Dr Zambry said after chairing the weekly state executive meeting in Ipoh.
He said a pilot project was being initiated in Tanjung Tualang although the construction of the houses had yet to start.
“State Rural Development Committee chairman Datuk Saarani Mohamad is leading a committee, which has been tasked to bring the project to fruition,” said Dr Zambry.
He added the Rimbunan Kasih project offered homes that were substantially more spacious compared to the PPRT housing programme for the hardcore poor.
“We are looking at affordable homes that are between 55sq m and 74sq m,’ he said, adding that each home was expected to cost between RM50,000 and RM60,000.
“We also hope to make such affordable homes available to young working adults who are looking to purchase their first home,” he added.
Dr Zambry also announced that the state had received an official letter from the Higher Education Ministry on the upgrading of Kolej lslam Darul Ridzuan in Kuala Kangsar.
“The college will become a university college and will be named Kolej Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah.
“We will increase its teaching manpower and add on more educational facilities after this,” he said, adding that some RM100mil from state and federal resources would be allocated for the purpose.