KUANTAN: The welfare of Armed Forces personnel must be a priority, with the Government allocating RM100mi (S$37.4 million)l to repair and upgrade their houses that are mostly in shabby condition, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
He also announced that the Government had approved housing construction projects at 10 Army camps nationwide worth RM1.1bil.
"The ministry must have a clear agenda so that the Armed Forces personnel will know that their welfare is protected in the long term.
"I am also thinking of proposing a housing blueprint for military officers and personnel so that those entrusted to build the houses will not delay construction," he added.
"Military assets are important but the welfare of our personnel is of equal importance too," he said after launching a new army housing area in Sungai Panching here yesterday.
Hishammuddin said better housing would provide comfort and security for the families of personnel besides improving their morale. "This is not rhetoric. We have done it since independence but we want to intensify efforts." he said.n armed forces personnel