MUAR: The Muar municipal council here plans to repair 10 houses of poor people in town areas in the district every month in a move to improve their living conditions.
Council president Zulkiflee Abbas said the aid would be in the forms of raw materials while construction would be based on the gotong-royong concept with several parties.
Speaking to reporters he said the council would also provide the workers who would carry out the repair works together with the villagers and non-governmental organisations.
“We will work with the district office and village heads in identifying those poor families who are living in old or damaged homes. In special cases we will even help build new homes for the poor people here”, he said after a gotong-royong programme to repair three houses in the Maharani constituency yesterday.
The programme, which was launched by special officer to Mentri Besar for Maharani Datuk Mohd Ismail Mohd Shah, started with repairing the house of Hassan Abdul in Kampung Parit Besar.
Zukiflee said three houses were selected in the constituency and would be followed by other houses in other constituencies within the councils jurisdiction.
He said two of the houses were located in the village and the third in Kampung Buah Keras, adding that, the programme also covered families in smaller towns.
Meanwhile, Mohd Ismail said the programme showed the Government was concerned over the plight of the poor people in the country.
He said besides monthly financial aid from the Welfare Department, the poor also received aid from other departments, including from the municipality.
He said each of the three houses received about RM5,000 worth of raw materials and constructions also included the building of proper toilet system.
Mohd Ismail, who operates the Muarlite Industries electrical appliances company, said the company would install electricity to those homes without power supply.
“We are grateful to the Muar municipal council for wanting to help poor families in Maharani in repairing their old or damaged homes.
We also thank the Health Department, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and non-governmental organisations here for participating in todays programme”, he added.
Source : Star Property