9 August, SEREMBAN – The Orang Asli Development Department (JAKOA) is applying for the cooperation of each state government to increase the quota of houses through the Home Assistance Programme (PBR) under the Hardcore Poor Housing Programme (PPRT) for the Orang Asli communities.
Its deputy director-general Saiful Zahlan Muhamad Azmi said this was to enable the more than 200,000 Orang Asli across the country to own homes.
“Every year the allocation for JAKOA assistance housing is quite limited, for example, this year Negeri Sembilan and Melaka only received only five units compared to the overwhelming demand.
“We ask the state governments to give a higher quota and help as many Orang Asli as possible to be included in the house assistance list,” he told reporters after the 2018 Negeri Sembilan People’s Friendly Leadership with the Orang Asli programme which was launched by Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun here today.
In addition, he said JAKOA hoped the state governments could review the terms of the housing assistance or housing loan applications for the Orang Asli.
“If the conditions can be relaxed, it is possible for the Orang Asli to have their own homes and be able to live independently. This is because many who applied failed to meet the conditions set due to the problem of land titles because their land are gazetted,” he said.