PEKAN: The standard method of simply donating cash does not meet the government’s holistic approach to help target groups, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“We must find an approach so that the recipients not only benefit monetarily but are also able to improve their livelihoods and have a better future,” said the Prime Minister when opening the Bukit Kenau integrated housing community centre near here yesterday.
He added the government wanted to create a model for helping the poor that could provide them with a sustainable future.
Earlier Najib, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, ministers and state dignitaries were briefed by project coordinator Datuk Sh Mohd Puzi Sh Ali before touring the area.
Sixty poor families from nearby areas are involved in the 7.1ha project.
They have been given houses to live in and may take part in economic activities such as catfish breeding and farming.
Those involved have been able to raise their household incomes to between RM800 and RM1,500 monthly within months.
The project, costing more than RM7mil, is sponsored by various companies led by Iris Corporation Berhad.
Najib said the Bukit Kenau project was a good example of how contributions made by corporate bodies had helped to create a modern and sustainable farming community.
Separately, on the situation in Egypt, Najib said the Government would consider a second round of evacuation process for Malaysian students who had chosen to stay behind if crisis there escalated.
“They are reminded to be cautious and not to expose themselves to any situation that may be dangerous,” he said after visiting Bukit Kenau Integrated Community Development Project in Pulau Manis here yesterday.
Najib was asked to comment on the success of the Pyramid Operation mounted by MAS, AirAsia and the Royal Malaysian Air Force aircrafts in rescuing more than 6,000 Malaysians from the strife-torn Egypt.
He added he was satisfied with the rescue mission, describing it as a national effort because it involved not only the Government but other parties as well and it impacted the whole nation.
Source : The Star