ALOR SETAR: The Barisan Nasional government has proven time and time again that it has the interests of fishermen at heart, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister also took a dig at the Opposition, saying they had never included fishermen in their manifestos.
"Their new friend and leader of 92 years (in reference to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) used to criticise DAP but he has embraced them now.
"DAP has never said it will protect the welfare of fishermen or give subsidies.
"Not only did we say we would do so, but we have walked the talk," he said when launching the Perumahan Nelayan Muafakat Kedah in Tanjung Dawai, Merbok here on Monday (March 26).
Najib also presented 1,605 fishermen in the Tanjung Dawai, Yan and Kuala Muda areas with allowances worth nearly RM460,000.
Earlier in the day, Najib had breakfast with fishermen, religious leaders and village heads of Yan near here, where he also announced aid to complete its floating mosque.
The Tanjung Dawai RM48mil housing project for fishermen is already complete and 300 eligible families received their keys earlier this year.
The blue and white-themed residential area also has a multi-purpose hall, surau, preschool, futsal court, shoplots and playground, among other facilities.
The Government has allocated RM197.3mil for fishermen village relocations nationwide, involving 1,822 new houses in 13 locations.
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