29 September, PETALING JAYA – The Community Empowerment Programme introduced for the People’s Housing Project (PPR) aims to create a collective community to address issues faced at such projects.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the programme under the National Community Policy would be able to solve issues such as cleanliness, maintenance, safety and well-being in PPRs without relying on third parties.
“For a start, 20 trained officers from the ministry will be placed at secretariat offices that we will open in every PPR.
They will train PPR community members so they will have the awareness and the ability to manage facilities such as building maintenance, garbage disposal, safety and well-being in their respective PPRs,” she said after launching the programme at PPR Lembah Subang 2.
Zuraida said PPR Lembah Subang 2 had been selected as part of a month-long pilot project before extending it to the national level.
Meanwhile, Zuraida said Lembah Subang 2 will also be the first PPR to implement the PPR Child Support Community programme where residents voluntarily take care of the children of other residents while they were away.
“I was informed that there were 33 people interested in being a member of this support group. They were given training by JKM (Social Welfare Department),” she said.
She said the ministry would consider giving incentives such as grocery vouchers to mothers who volunteered for the service, in appreciation of their contribution.