BATU GAJAH: The Housing and Local Government Ministry will spend RM55mil to upgrade and improve amenities in the 452 new villages in the country this year.
Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said new villages now had better infrastructure and recreational facilities as the Barisan Nasional government had not stopped looking after the people's welfare since the last general election.
New villages in Perak have changed a lot in the last five years. They are different and better now, he said during a working visit to Kampung Baru Bali near here yesterday.
He said the ministry had allocated RM47mil to upgrade roads, drains and community halls, create sports and recreational areas and beautify 133 new villages in Perak.
Earlier, Ong also announced an allocation of RM80,000 to resurface three roads and renovate a recreational area for senior citizens in Kampung Baru Bali.
Another RM252,000 was allocated to upgrade Kampung Baru Nalla and Kampung Baru Bemban here as well as Kampung Baru Gunung Hijau in Pusing where he opened a public library built under the MCA Langkawi Project.
Ong, who is also MCA president, spent time with the villagers during his visit.
On whether the MCA was confident of winning back the Batu Gajah parliamentary seat which it lost to the DAP in the last general election, Ong said:
We will not be complacent or overconfident. The people will support the MCA and the Barisan the moment they know what we have done for them.
We will put up a good fight and continue to serve the people well and sincerely, he said, adding that the candidate for the seat had not been finalised.
The Batu Gajah parliamentary constituency will have an additional 14,000 voters following a redelineation exercise.