ALOR SETAR, Nov 4 — A holistic approach is required to overcome the problem of housing for fishermen in the state, according to Agriculture and Agro-based Industry deputy minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.
“I believe the government can do it. If possible, let it be a billion-dollar project. I think we should be concerned about our fishermen and provide some allocation to build houses for them,” he told reporters at a gathering with Kuala Kedah fishermen at the Fisheries Development Authority port here, today.
Subsistence allowance was also presented to the farmers during the event.
He also stressed that the houses should be built in a more systematic manner.
“Most of the existing quarters for the fishermen are too close to each other and run-down; the access road is also narrow,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Tajuddin warned that the ministry would not hesitate to cancel the permits of local fishermen who rented them out to foreigners.
“If you are not interested, hand over the permit back to the Fisheries Department; if it has already been misused, we have no choice but to revoke it and impose a compound or prosecute (the culprit) in court,” he added. — Bernama