Second phase of Dasar Komuniti Negara: KPKT to focus on building leadership among PPR residents

PUTRAJAYA (Nov 17): The Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) aims to build the leadership capacity of young residents in the Public Housing Project (PPR) in the second phase of Dasar Komuniti Negara (DKOMN or National Community Policy).

In the first annual meeting of DKOMN held virtually today, KPKT minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said leadership among the PPR residents is important in achieving the purpose of DKOMN, which is to improve the standard of community living, especially for the B40 group.

“In the second phase of DKOMN, we have to look into the [leadership] capacity because without leadership, the place will not be organised and sustainable. KPKT hopes to look into the [leadership] capacity building among the middle-aged and young people, who are the ones who are going to take over and take care of the PPR homes in the future,” Zuraida noted.

She also hopes to gather and review all community empowering programmes which were supported and sponsored by government agencies and private sectors under DKOMN over the past one year.

“Together we have done so many things and carried out so many community programs. I hope we can gather and review what we have done [in the past] to see how to reach out to more PPRs. And to decide what to zoom in on and prioritise in the future to raise the standard of living of the B40 group,” she said.

Launched in February 2019 by former prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad, DKOMN was formulated by KPKT and supported by EdgeProp Malaysia. As part of the National Housing Policy 2018-2025, the goal of DKOMN is to improve the living environment of the B40 group.

In the past 21 months, DKOMN has worked together with 36 government agencies, 28 private agencies and corporates, 24 non-government organisations and six public and private universities to carry out a total of 136 community empowering programmes, such as urban farming, corporate internship opportunity, recycling and upgrading of common facilities.

Together with Nippon Paint Malaysia and Paramount Property, EdgeProp Malaysia also kickstarted the Sayangi Rumahku campaign under DKOMN to refurbish the sport courts of three PPR projects – PPR Lembah Subang 1, PPR Seri Cempaka and PPR Seri Kedah in Klang Valley.

This private sector initiative was completed in the third quarter this year and expected to benefit close to 16,000 residents living in 4,116 units in the three public housing schemes.

“We didn’t just put up the new paint on the sports courts but worked together with DBKL to relocate some trees so the residents can optimise the use of public space.

“After completing the project, we found that the project is meaningful to not only the young people but also touched the hearts of the old folks who are living in PPR because some of them volunteered to help with the painting process -- they were excited to see the upgrade of their community,” said editor-in-chief and managing director Au Foong Yee.

Moving into 2021, Au stressed that EdgeProp Malaysia will continue to support DKOMN and contribute in improving the living environment of the B40 group.

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