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Sunday, October 18, 2009


18th October, 2009

TAWAU: Repair works on 2,000 houses belonging to the hardcore poor in Kalabakan are being carried out. Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh said that the repair works cost between RM15,000 to RM20,000 each with funds channelled by the federal government.
“So far, we have finished with 500 houses and the rest will be ready in a month,” he said adding that it was the first time such programme was introduced.
According to him, the Prime Minister had approved the financial assistance with the Kalabakan constituency kicking off the programme.
Abdul Ghapur said that tools and essential materials were also given by his office which were enough to repair 100 houses, many in bad shape.
“Some of these houses are in dilapidated condition with some of the occupants were even able to watch the night sky from their bed rooms,” he told reporters attending his Hari Raya open house here yesterday.
Abdul Ghapur added that the condition of the 100 houses was poor but with plywood and boards fixed, the condition would improve.
He said the effort was to help the needy including making sure that they have basic amenities and that their villages have proper roads.
On another matter, Abdul Ghapur who is also the Tawau Umno chief said that he was confident that the Budget to be tabled on Friday by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would “contain good news for Sabah and Sarawak.”
“Before we used to sighed but now we believe the federal government will give due attention to both states which are still lagging behind in term of development,” he said.
Abdul Ghapur also praised Najib who is the Umno president for the “best speech he had ever heard.”
More than 5,000 attended the open house including Merotai assemblyman Pang Yuk Ming.

Sources: Sabah Times

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