Dep Defence Minister: More emphasis on refurbishing military housing in east Malaysia this year

  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Jan 2020

SIBU: A total of 6,000 units of dilapidated Rumah Keluarga Angkatan Tentera (RKAT) nationwide will be refurbished, with more emphasis on those in Sabah and Sarawak.

Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong said on Friday (Jan 3) that the ministry had been allocated RM152mil this year for the purpose.

Liew said in 2019, a total 1,926 units - which were unfit for dwelling due to their poor conditions - had been restored at a cost of RM50mil.

Liew, who was also Kluang MP, is on a three-day visit here to Rascom Camp. He was accompanied by First Division commander Major General Datuk Md Din and 9th Brigade commander Brigadier General Abd Rahman Ab Wahab.

"We hope to restore 6,000 units of dilapidated RKAT, as the government want to provide a better living condition for soldiers and their family. Members of the armed forces usually will be away for between one and three months conducting operations. We are not only concerned about their welfare, but also their living conditions," he said.

He added that with a safe and comfortable home, members of the forces would have less worries and this would increase their working spirit.

Due to the wide role played by the military in Sabah and Sarawak in protecting the sovereignty of the country, he said the ministry would put more emphasis on both states for the restoration of RKAT.

In Sarawak, there are a total of 2,225 units of RKAT, which are between 30 and 40 years old, that needs restoration.

On the appointment of a Sarawakian, Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang as the 21st Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) chief, he said it is hoped this would open the

door for more emphasis on Sabah and Sarawak.

"In the context of defence, these two regions are very important for us," he added.

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