PENANG: The state government will decide whether to allow the Noordin Street Ghaut foreshore fire victims to rebuild their razed houses or to build low-cost houses there instead.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said yesterday that the Gat Lebuh Noordin fire relief co-ordinating committee was studying the suggestions to come up with a solution before the end of the month.
The committee, which held its first meeting on Thursday, was gathering more details and would meet again on Tuesday.
Headed by state executive councillor Datuk Dr Loh Hock Hun, the committee comprises other councillors and representatives from various government departments.
Speaking to reporters after leading a delegation of state Gerakan leaders to visit the fire victims, who are temporarily staying at the Nine Emperor Gods temple hall in Macallum Street Ghaut, Dr Koh said that as of early yesterday, the donations collected by the committee amounted to RM81,000.
Among those who contributed were the Penang MCA (RM5,000), Bayan Baru Welfare Association (M5,000), state Gerakan (RM3,000) and the state Wanita Gerakan which donated 100 mattresses.
Dr Koh said those wishing to donate could make out crossed cheques payable to “Tabung Tuan Yang Terutama” or “Tabung TYT” (the Yang di-Pertua Negri’s Welfare Fund) and hand them over to the committee or any state assemblyman.
Donations above RM5,000 would be exempted from tax.