LAUNCHING....Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (middle) accompanied by Chief Minister of Sabah Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman (right) and Director of the 1MDB Foundation Programme Dato Dr. Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman (left) at the Launching of the Nadi Kasih Programme in Tuaran.
By : ELAINE MAH AND FIZAH YUSOF
ABOUT 10,000 people gathered at the Tuaran district today to witness the launching of the 'Nadi Kasih Programme' by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Nadi Kasih programme, which is part of a corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme by the 1Malaysia Development Berhad Foundation (1MDB) aims to repair dilapidated houses to help the poor and hardcore poor in Sabah.
In his speech during the launching of the Programme, Najib said that the Nadi Kasih Programme will repair a total of 200 houses in each parliamentary constituency in the state.
A brainchild of the Prime Minister, the Programme began in 2011 and to date, has been allocated RM115,730,000 to repair approximately 23,000 houses nationwide.
Sabah will receive RM26 million for house repairs in 26 constituencies under the program, which works out to be an allocation of RM5,000 for each of the 5,200 houses to be repaired in Sabah.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman commended the 1MDB Foundation on its successful programme, saying that it is one of the best ways of for corporate bodies to assist people in need.
“The Nadi Kasih Programme is one of the many programmes initiated by our Prime Minister for the people. He is constantly thinking up ways of providing help to the people,” Musa said.
According to the Director of the 1MDB Foundation Programme, Dato Dr. Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman, the allocation in Sabah is the largest allocation in the country, with RM1 million being allocated to each constituency, as compared to RM500,000 allocated to each area in Peninsular Malaysia.
As of today, RM13 million of the RM26 million has already been delivered to the state. Houses in the Semporna, Penampang, Kota Marudu and Kimanis areas have already been fully repaired.
Other programmes under the 1MDB foundation include assistance for the fishing community in Semporna and Sandakan as well as educational programmes for students in the state. In total, the 1MDB foundation has allocated RM33 million for its programmes in Sabah. (Insight Sabah)