SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Jaafar Tuanku Abdul Rahman has reassured the people that the poor and the needy will not be neglected.
He said the state government had allocated some RM5mil this year for various welfare programmes such as home assistance, training and education, mind development and local community development.
Tuanku Jaafar said under the Eighth Malaysia Plan, the state government would continue to emphasise on the development of low-cost and low-medium-cost housing projects for the poor.
He said the move was in line with the one family, one house concept which would help to eradicate poverty among the people and restructure the society.
We have approved the construction of 19,736 units of low-cost houses up to the middle of this year, he said when opening the fourth session (budget sitting) of the 10th state assembly yesterday.
Also present were his consort Tuanku Najihah Tunku Besar Burhanuddin and the Undangs of Rembau, Johol and Jelebu.
Tuanku Jaafar said the state government would also ensure that there would not be any labour shortage especially in the manufacturing sector which had been earmarked as the engine of growth.
The agriculture sector too will not be neglected as it also provides job opportunities to the rural people, he said, adding that the number of workers employed in the oil palm plantation had increased to 5,821 workers last year as compared to 4,040 in 2000.
Tuanku Jaafar said some RM498mil had also been allocated to upgrade infrastructure and public amenities for the benefit of the people, especially in the rural areas.
The state assembly also heard a special motion tabled by Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad (BN Linggi) to express gratitude to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and to pledge its full support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in steering the country to greater heights.
Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Thiam (BN Lukut) and Datuk T. Rajagopalu (BN Jeram Padang) supported the motion which was debated by among others, Datuk Woo Ah Lek (BN Senawang) and Datuk Mohd Yassin Bakar (BN Gemas) before it was passed.