126 extended families of Seberang Hilir to relocate to Sungai Bedaun housing by April 2024

From left: Abdullah, Zaidi, Monaliza, Abang Johari, Dr Abdul Rahman and Abdul Yakub photographed at the verandah of one of the houses in Sungai Bedaun Housing Scheme at Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching on Jan 6, 2024.

By Shikin Louis

KUCHING, Jan 6: The first phase of the Sungai Bedaun Resettlement Scheme involving 209 units is expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year, says Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Following this, he said 126 extended families selected from Kampung Panglima Seman Lama, Kampung Semarang and Kampung Pulo Ulu will start moving into their new homes by April 2024.

This is a spin-off from the grand Darul Hana Development project, which started in 2011, that sees some 2,640 households from 12 villages in the ‘Seberang Hilir’ area along the Sarawak River in Petra Jaya to be relocated to a new township.

“In the Darul Hana Development project, we aim to relocate these families from the villages, but certain households have extended families such that they live with their married children, so we have to consider their needs too.

“Therefore, we develop a new housing scheme in Sungai Bedaun to provide shelter for at least one extended family in each core family.

“We have completed the first phase of the Sungai Bedaun Housing Scheme, where we have 209 units.

“The second phase of Sungai Bedaun Housing Scheme will involve 217 units,” he said during his visit to the site near Kampung Sungai Bedaun today.

The houses in Sungai Bedaun Housing Scheme at Jalan Sultan Tengah, Kuching on Jan 6, 2024.

He also revealed that each house in the new housing area ranges between RM99,500 to RM120,000, of which the buyers are eligible for the Housing Deposit Assistance Scheme (HDAS) of RM10,000 and a loan from Mutiara Mortgage & Credit Sdn Bhd.

Each house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Also present were Deputy Minister of Utility and Telecommunication (Utility) and Pantai Damai assemblyman Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Ministry of Natural Resources and Urban Development (MUDENR) permanent secretary Datu Zaidi Mahdi, Sarawak Land and Survey Department director Datu Abdullah Julaihi, Housing Development Corporation (HDC) chairman Abdul Yakub Arbi as well as Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) general manager Datu Monaliza Zaidel. — DayakDaily