Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the launch of the People's Co-Leaders and People's Housing Project (PPR) at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Center (MIEC), Padang Matsirat. Also present were Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (far left), Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Datuk Seri Noh Omar (second from left) and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (back-row). Pix by SHAHRIZAL MD NOOR

LANGKAWI: A total of 1,000 houses will be developed in the RM247 million Ulu Melaka and Kuah People’s Housing Project launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak here.

The low cost houses will be sold on a rent-to-own basis to people of the island.

Najib in his speech when launching the project said five 11-storey buildings will be built – two of them in Ulu Melaka and three in Kuah.

According to him the two projects were not in the Federal budget but was included upon request from Langkawi MP Datuk Ir Nawawi Ahmad.

“This is not a political motivated project because it is already at implementation level. The contrator has been appointed and the project will be completed by 2019,” he said.

Present at the launching were Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Shaberi Cheek and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Ser Dr Shahidan Kassim.

Najib said the rent-to-own concept would benefit Langkawi folks who face difficulties in obtaining loan from financial institution due to lack of supporting documents such as pay-slip.

He also believed that the concept would allow all the units to be filled.

During the same event, Najib said the RM9.16 million upgrading work at Sungai Chenang fishing jetty expected to boost the landing of fish for some 400 fishermen in the area.

He said the allocation mirrored the government effort to help fishing community on the island.

“On average each fishermen here earned an average of about RM2,000, some earn RM3,000 but none was least than RM1,500 per month.

“This was topped by monthly government aid of RM300 that the government allocated to all fishermen,” he said.

Najib during the same event announced several allocations which were requested by Nawawi.

This includes RM5 million for village roads upgrading projects and also incentives to some 1,000 cabbies in Langkawi to migrate to Uber and Grab.

On request to upgrade the facilities at Langkawi Hospital, Najib said it will need further studies due to high allocation and would be included in the Barisan Nasional’s election manifesto for Langkawi.

“We cannot stop a development and if we do, other people will overtake us and we will be left behind.

“Thus, I urged cabbies to migrate to Uber and Grab, they can use the RM5,000 subsidy to buy new car and migrate to the sytem,” he said.

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