KUCHING: The state government will build more affordable houses for ex-army personnel in the state, said Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said his ministry had identified certain locations in the state to build the houses, including in Sibu and Kapit.
“So far, we had built one at Batu Kawah and more affordable houses especially for them will be built in the future.
“I have already instructed my officers to do some survey at certain areas in every division to look for suitable and strategic locations for the houses,” Abang Johari said in his speech at the Warrior’s Fund Appeal charity dinner organised by State Ex-Services Association (PBTM) on Wednesday.
Also present were PBTM Sarawak chairman Spencer Birai and deputy president of Malaysia PBTM Capt Sharuddin Omar.
“I know some of them served at other places and do not have the opportunity to buy a house,” he added.
Abang Johari also said the government was always concerned about the welfare of ex-servicemen, and the facility provided for them was to show appreciation for their service to the country.
‘“This is how we thank them for their services.
“I am also glad to note that some former army personnel have become heads of their communities and hold important posts in certain organisations and become successful.
‘Not only that, they are one of the groups that show and give strong support to the Barisan Nasional government,” he noted.
He added that the services of the ex-servicemen were still needed, especially in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
“There are lots of job opportunities at SCORE and with their experience and knowledge, we hope they can be involved and fill the vacancies.”