Plan for safe cities to be announced next week

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 05 Aug 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will announce the details of its “safe cities” plan next week. 

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said it would include having brightly lit public places and cleaning up unkempt areas. 

It would also entail separating walkways from motorcycle lanes, installing CCTVs in busy places and facilitating co-operation between the public and the police, he told reporters after the Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya here yesterday. 

He said he would explain the details after the National Town and City Councillors meeting in Sibu on Monday.  

Ong said the emergence of safe cities is on track following the Cabinet approval for the concept to be implemented nationwide. 

The Sibu meeting, he said, would focus on steps to be taken by local authorities and their role in making cities safe.  

On another matter, Ong, who is the MCA president, announced the setting up of a nine-man selection committee for the interest-free study loans offered by the Chang Ming Thien Foundation. 

He said a verification of the applicants' family background would be done to ensure the recipients were needy and deserving students. 

Students who have obtained study loans from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation, Public Services Department scholarships or loans or a substantial amount of financial aid from other institutions would not qualify for the Chang Ming Thien loans.  

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