Malaysia's flood victims may get new homes in three months' time

Malaysia's flood victims may get new homes in three months' time

PEKAN - The new houses for flood victims who lost their homes in the recent deluge are expected to be completed in about three months' time, said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

He said a list of those whose houses were destroyed was being prepared and would be finalised by next week.

"The construction will begin probably by next week. How long it takes will depend on how many houses have to be built in an area.

"God willing, we hope to have the houses ready in three months' time. It will be re-confirmed by the Works Ministry but should the need arise, other agencies and the state governments are also prepared to help," Dr Ali said after presenting the Federal Territories Ministry's post-flood aid to the residents of the Bukit Kenau Integrated Community Housing Centre here yesterday.

He added that the model of the houses had been put forward by the Works Ministry and it would be built on the land where the original buildings once stood.

"For houses we feel can still be repaired, we will restore them instead," he said.

Dr Ali also said the Government's RM500 million (S$186 million) allocation for post-floods assistance was focused on the people's needs first.

"The Cabinet is concerned about the flood victims' well-being and the allocation will be used for their welfare and children's schooling assistance. The people must be taken care of first before we embark on other projects to rebuild housing and repair infrastructures," he said.

On volunteers lending assistance in the aftermath of the floods, Dr Ali hoped their efforts could be coordinated so all victims would get help.

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