Defence Ministry allocates RM94 mln for RKAT project

Maj Gen Stephen (left) presents a ‘gendang’ as souvenir to Hishammudin while Ripin, Zulkifeli and others look on.

Maj Gen Stephen (left) presents a ‘gendang’ as souvenir to Hishammudin while Ripin, Zulkifeli and others look on.

MIRI: The Ministry of Defence has allocated some RM94 million for the implementation of Armed Forces Family Homes (RKAT) project for the 20th Battalion Royal Malay Regiment at Sri Miri Camp.

Its minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the implementation of the project was divided into two phases; the first one involving the building of 139 houses of various classes at a cost of RM55 million and would be completed by end of this year and the second one at a cost of RM39 million involving the building of 114 houses would commence in May or June.

He said this at a gathering with personnel of 20th Battalion Royal Malay Regiment and Territorial Army at Sri Miri Camp, here yesterday.

Hishamuddin also gave the assurance that he himself would monitor the progress of the project until its completion.

In addition to that, Hishammuddin said the ministry had allocated RM65 million under the Army Care to upgrade facilities in the camp.

“I can assure all of you present at the gathering today that the armed forces is committed to improving the welfare and interest of every personnel living in this camp.”

At the same function, he welcomed home those who have completed their duties during Ops Balasah in Sabah and Ops Jagakawan in Limbang, Barrio and Ba Kelalan recently.

Later at the same function, he announced a government grant of RM20,000 for the 20th Battalion Royal Malay Regiment’s welfare fund and RM10,000 for the battalion’s Armed Forces Families Welfare Body (Bakat). He also announced another RM5,000 government grant for the Bakat of Army Auxiliary Corps Regiment 510.

He also approved a RM300,000 allocation for the assembly hall of SK Riam Batu 2 and RM100,000 for the maintenance of mosque (Masjid Panglima Angkatan Tentera).

Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat, Mindef secretary general Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi, commander of Malaysia Armed Forces General Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifeli Md Zin, army chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor, general -officer in-command of East Zone Lt General Datuk Mohd Zaki Mokhtar and First Malaysian Infantry Division commander Major General Datuk Stephen Mundaw were also present.