KUALA LUMPUR: Housing development under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) emphasises on well-built and affordable homes for the low-income group.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said his ministry was working hard to ensure these projects would be carried out by 2010.
“An allocation of RM8.974bil has been given to the ministry for major development projects,” he said in a welcoming speech during an official visit by Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah here yesterday.
This was the third ministry the King visited. He earlier went to the Prime Minister’s Department and the Defence Ministry.
Ong and his deputies, Datuk Robert Lau and Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, and senior ministry officials received the King at the ministry in Pusat Bandar Damansara at 10am yesterday.
Ministry secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail briefed His Majesty on its functions and objectives.
Ong said there was also a substantial allocation for more facilities and living quarters for the Fire and Rescue Department personnel and for an urban poverty eradication programme.
The King asked for details on the ministry’s housing development programmes for the hardcore poor and also efforts to tackle abandoned housing projects.
Ong said the ministry had worked hard to revive abandoned projects.
“Several Acts had also been passed to protect the interests of housebuyers of abandoned housing projects and to ensure that such projects would be carried out for the benefit of the lower-income group,” he said.