1MALAYSIA maintenance fund with RM37.6 mil allocation

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has announced a RM37.6 million allocation for the 1Malaysia Maintenance Fund to finance the maintenance of the federal capital's low-cost homes, especially flats, built by the private sector.

Of the total, the federal government will be allocated RM20 million, Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Ministry will receive RM5 million, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) RM10 million and the private sector RM2.6 million, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced this when launching the Federal Territories Day celebrations, on Sunday Jan 31 night.

Najib said the fund was for the maintenance of lifts, painting of the buildings, repairs to the roofs and general repair works.

However, he added, the allocation for the maintenance of the low-cost houses and flats would be made with a matching grant from the government to the funds raised by the joint management bodies or management corporations of the housing schemes.

"We will work with the joint management corporations and fix the matching grant, for instance, if a management corporation raises RM100,000, then the government will add RM100,000.

"With this, the responsibility is jointly shouldered by the residents and government. If the residents contribute, they will play a role in ensuring continued proper maintenance of the low-cost houses or flats," he said.

The prime minister said if the financial assistance was given free, the residents would just wash off their hands and the maintenance would not be sustained.

Response to the sale of 44,000 public housing units (PPR) by the National Economic Action Council and public low-cost housing units (PPA) by DBKL has been encouraging as 25,000 units have been taken up.

The government had allocated RM250 million for maintenance of the PPR and PPA housing units and "our efforts will not stop here," he said.

Najib said he would continue with his walkabouts in Kuala Lumpur and was satisfied with the facelift of Puduraya Bus Terminal. He plans to visit Kampung Baru soon.

"Our challenge is to develop Kuala Lumpur as a metropolitan city to rival other cities," he said. -Bernama
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