Malaysia: Ghani suggests SPNB rebuild, repair houses damaged in floods
The idea will be presented by Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman when he meets the National Disaster Committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Monday.
Abdul Ghani said SPNB had proven that it was able to carry out the task as it had built the houses of tsunami victims in Kedah.
"Likewise, Johor is suggesting that SPNB is given the role to rebuild and repair the flood victims' houses either in the villages or on the fringes of the towns," he told reporters after handing the keys to owners of the people-friendly housing scheme in Kampung Serom 5 here from the Ledang parliamentary constituency.
He suggested that SPNB used the building concepts of people friendly or affordable housing schemes with the prices fetching between RM30,000 and RM32,000 a unit for those earning below RM1,000 a month.
However, he said help for those earning more than RM1,000 a month should also be considered after verification was made that they were flood victims and owned land.
Abdul Ghani said priority should also be given to flood victims who squatted on government lands or in flood-prone areas by the rivers such as Kampung Tembioh near Kota Tinggi.
He said the state government would purchase a piece of land nearby to resettle the people by developing the people friendly housing scheme.
"About RM20 million is needed to enable SPNB to rebuild and repair houses damaged in the floods in Segamat and Kota Tinggi," he said.