Rumah Keluarga Malaysia Angkatan Tentera: 8,852 units to be allocated to military personnel, says Ismail Sabri

Rumah Keluarga Malaysia Angkatan Tentera: 8,852 units to be allocated to military personnel, says Ismail Sabri
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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 3): The government will build a total of 10,200 units of Rumah Keluarga Malaysia Angkatan Tentera (RKMAT) homes and police quarters across the country under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said of the total, 8,852 of the RKMAT homes will be allocated to military personnel.

“Right now, 1,509 of the RKMAT homes are under construction, while 7,343 others are in the procurement management process,” he said when launching the RKMAT here on Wednesday (Nov 3).

Ismail Sabri said the launch of 2,000 units of RKMAT homes on Wednesday had also fulfilled 85% of the needs of the military personnel in the Klang Valley.

He added that the 2,000 units, each measuring 850 sq ft, fully furnished with three bedrooms, are allocated for army personnel of various ranks.

According to him, the entire project area is also equipped with social and recreational facilities, a multipurpose hall, a gymnasium, surau and shoplots.

Present at the launch were Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Chief of Defence Force General Tan Sri Affendi Buang and Army Chief General Tan Sri Zamrose Mohd Zain.

At a press conference later, the prime minister elaborated that 2,000 army families will be able to move into their respective units by the end of next month.

“The houses were built by the Armed Forces Fund Board through its subsidiary Perbadanan Perwira Harta Malaysia. The Ministry of Defence bought the entire project because this is a new concept that we want to introduce — to buy instead of build,” he said.

The prime minister said the new concept is to ensure that the objective of the programme to provide comfortable houses to military personnel will be achieved.

“We used to adopt the concept of building the houses. Once completed, our personnel can move in, but with quite a number of projects being delayed or even abandoned, our military personnel could not move into their new houses,” he said.

He added that the army personnel who move into their new RKMAT homes can enjoy the accommodation until their retirement from the service.

The RKMAT project located in Bukit Jalil comprises four 38-storey apartment blocks.

Meanwhile, several army personnel expressed their happiness and gratitude for the accommodation.

Corporal R Salvam said with the available facilities and strategic location, it is indeed suitable and convenient for his small family.

“I’m very satisfied. It’s fully furnished and complete with electrical appliances. It really makes it easier for the military personnel who have just been deployed here or may be deployed elsewhere one day,” he said.

His sentiment was shared by Corporal Christina Clinie Anak Bonsu, who will be staying there with her husband and their one-year-old baby.

“This is a blessing for me. We didn’t just get a house; it has a fridge, an oven, everything,” she said.