8 May, KUALA LUMPUR – All affordable housing projects to be constructed in the near future will be equipped with additional basic amenities such as mini library and tuition centre, says Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Senator Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad.
He said the move was implemented in efforts to provide a more comfortable and complete infrastructure, besides hoping to change the public perception that affordable housing project was of low quality.
“Not only basic facilities such as football field, community centre and surau but other amenities that can contribute to the children’s education as they are sometimes stressed out due to space constraint… so that’s why libraries and tuition centres should also be provided.
“We believe that if the quality of life is improved, children don’t have to go out of their housing area in the evening for study groups, due to the safety risk and they will achieve better academic result,” he told Bernama after appearing in ‘The Nation’ talkshow programme, produced by the Bernama News Channel, today.
Raja Kamarul Bahrin said the government did not need huge allocation to build mini libraries and tuition centres in affordable housing projects as they did not require big space.
“Once various facilities provided by the government, the responsibility to maintain them will be shouldered by the management of the housing projects… if there is no good management and sense of responsibility, the library may only last for two or three months,” he said.