PUCHONG: Forming clubs and holding workshops in residential areas and villages can help the community to sustain a better quality of life, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Prime Minister said it was in line with the National Community Policy (NCP) aimed at empowering the community, especially those in the B40 socio-economic group.
“By setting up clubs, local communities can discuss issues in their neighbourhoods and channel information to the relevant authorities for action.
“And through workshops, residents could be taught how to start businesses in various fields, including cooking,” he told a press conference after launching the NCP yesterday.
Dr Mahathir said with the advent of information technology, even villagers could market their products globally.
“For example, kuih made in villages can be sold online to customers nationwide and other countries.
“Venturing into online business can help increase income. And with a better income, people can buy better homes,” he said.
He said investing in homes would be a smart move to secure a better future, as property prices appreciate over time.
“Low-cost homes used to cost RM25,000.
“Now, some are willing to pay RM150,000 to buy over these properties,” he said.
Dr Mahathir hoped more players from the private sector could be roped in to build one million affordable homes within 10 years.
Currently, the ceiling price is RM300,000 per unit.
“We will try our best to fulfil our election promises despite facing obstacles,” he said.
Dr Mahathir added that as the nation progresses, the people should be able to enjoy a more comfortable life.
Separately, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the NCP was aimed at empowering the community, especially those living in strata homes.
“Under a pilot project in Lembah Subang 2 (Petaling Jaya), we implemented 32 programmes and initiatives,” she said, adding that they hoped to expand such projects to 133 People’s Housing Projects nationwide.