KANOWIT, 19 JUNE 2012 - A group of 135 people here today received the keys and ownership documents to their houses built or repaired by the army under the government National Blue Ocean Strategy 3 programme.
First Division Military Commander Mej-Jen Datuk Mohd Zaki Mokhtar handed over the keys and documents to Ngemah state assemblyman Alexander Vincent at the Nanga Tada Resettlement Scheme community hall.
The recipients are among the 241 others from Sarikei, Betong and Serian and another 30 in Sabah.
Speaking to reporters later, Mohd Zaki said it was a big honour for the army to be given the task to help implement the government transformation programme.
"We are ready to help again should there be instruction from the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development through the Ministry of Defence."
"It is nothing new for the army to help the people as it has its own programme such as the "Projek Jiwa Murni" (Heart and Mind project) to bring it closer to them,"he said.
He added the army had helped to build roads in Long Lopeng and Ba Kelalan in the Miri Division, in Belaga, Kapit and in Limbang as well.
Earlier in his speech, Alexander praised the army for its role in the programme.
"I have checked on some of the houses built or repaired and the work is of excellent quality."
"We have still another 175 houses being repaired or built by private contractors in Kanowit. This is another indication of the seriousness of the Barisan Nasional government in helping the people," he said.
He urged the owners to be patient as it was still in the process of bringing water and power supplies to them and longhouses in the district as well.
He also advised them to undertake any repair when necessary instead of requesting for its help.