IPOH: Delayed for eight years, the Agropolitant Project in the Grik and Lenggong districts, mooted by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry to benefit of the hard core poor, will be expedited.
State Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said that he is in the midst of discussion on the completion of the project with the ministry’s deputy-secretary Datuk Dr Ahmad Jailani Muhamed Yunus and his team.
“What we need more on this project is to coordinate and cooperate and this is not the time to question who should be blamed. They have planted rubber trees for about three or four years but we are in the middle of finding suitable land areas to build houses for 400 people.
“We need to find the suitable areas to build houses, basic facilities such as a hall surau and playground,” he said.
Zambry told reporters in a press conference after chairing the state executive council meeting today.
He said various factors contributed to the delay of the project. Although some areas have been identified for development, the site was not suitable to build homes as the slopes are too steep. Apart from that other possible sites identified are located along the elephant routes.
“I told them to take a proactive approach to avoid disturbing any animal habitats,” he said.
Zambry said as such, the state government as well as the ministry have formed a special team to monitor the project from one phase to another phase.
“The state government is committed to this project in order to help the poor families in the state. Perak has been selected as one of the 11 states to have such Agroplant project.
“The same project is also delayed in other states such as Sabah, Sarawak, Kedah and Pahang,” he said, adding that he hoped the ministry could expedite the project and expected to be completed in two years.