Poor villagers may get funds to repair houses


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 19 Aug 2003

IPOH: Villagers who are too poor to repair their own houses may soon be able to receive a special allocation if the proposal is approved by the Cabinet. 

Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said he made the proposal to the Prime Minister two weeks ago after coming across many cases of villagers approaching him for help to repair their dilapidated homes. 

He said at the moment there was no such special allocation for needy villagers after they referred the proposal to Rural Development Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid. 

“This has become a serious matter in not just my constituency but in other areas as well,” he said after launching a food and fun fair at Sekolah Semangat Maju here, yesterday. 

Samy Vellu, who is also the Sungai Siput MP, said during visits to the kampungs, he met people who were unable to repair their homes as many had to survive on a small income after their children left to work in the towns. 

He said the proposal to give a special allocation for these needy villagers, including those in new villages, was still being discussed. 

“I believe the Government will consider. There is no need to give a lot of money. 

“We could give RM2,000 to RM3,000 to repair the houses through gotong-royong, and I believe it will bring a lot of benefit to these kampungs,” he said.  

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