Orang asli community to benefit from RBI development

Posted on March 14, 2011. Filed under: Indigenous People |

-The Star-

PUTRAJAYA: Two government ministries have joined forces to construct houses for the orang asli as part of efforts under the GTP’s Rural Basic Infrastructure (RBI) NKRA where providing homes for the people in rural areas is one of its initiative.

Rural and Regional Develop­ment Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the houses have been planned and it would address the housing issues faced by the indigenous community.

He added that the houses would be built with the assistance of the Defence Ministry that would provide the equipment for construction.

The expenditure for the building of 476 houses would cost the government RM15.7mil with each unit costing RM33,000.

Shafie said the construction would begin soon and the houses are expected to be completed within the year.

He also said the government would also be upgrading existing basic infrastructure for the orang asli community.

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