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BOON: The RM1 mil allocation allows residents to upgrade, restore and run security awareness programmes

KUALA LUMPUR: THE Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry is setting up a special fund to improve the safety and security of housing schemes in the city.

 Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said  the fund called Tabung Keselamatan 1Wilayah Persekutuan (1WP-Security Fund), set to be launched next month, will be  used to upgrade security in residential areas.

 The RM1 million allocation will allow residents' associations (RAs) to upgrade, restore and run the security awareness programmes in their neighbourhoods.  

  The upgrade includes restoration of fences and safety barricades, installation of closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs), setting up intercom network links, guard posts, police beat bases, safety lights and convex mirrors as well as patrolling activities for neighbourhood watch units.

 "The fund will be generated from corporate contribution and will be managed by the Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan," Raja Nong Chik said.

  He added that RAs need to apply for the fund just as they did for other funding schemes such as painting works for building, pipes and lifts restoration projects done previously.

 "It will be based on the matching grant concept -- 70 per cent will come from the fund while residents contribute 30 per cent, or 50 per cent from the fund and the remaining half from residents based on the types of housing schemes they live in," he said.

  Nong Chik was speaking after hosting the annual Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing open house gathering held at  Astaka's open space near Lake Titiwangsa. More than  15,000 guests came to savour the delicacies served there.

 Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,  mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib  and  Raja Nong Chik's wife Datin Nafesah Raja Nong Chik.

 A total of 2,400 people from underprivileged groups  and single mothers were given duit raya at the event.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (left) distributing ‘duit raya’ to a visitor. With him is Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin. (second from left). Pic by Yazit Razali


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