Kota Sentosa rep hopes new unity govt will prioritise people over politics, help low-income urban families

Wilfred Yap Yau Sin

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Dec 28: Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap hopes that the new unity government will prioritise “people over politics” policies and provide more targeted assistance to low-income families in urban areas.

According to a press statement by Yap, the assistance is intended to help people cope with the high cost of living as socioeconomic conditions appear to deteriorate.

“In terms of welfare, the new unity Federal government should consider increasing financial assistance to families on the verge of breaking down in order to ensure that these families are truly taken care of, whether in terms of housing, jobs, income, education, or general basic welfare.

“The new unity federal government must improve its targeted income support programme on its social protection programme for the most vulnerable, particularly for households headed by unemployed people, low-income single mothers, people with disabilities, and low-income households in general,” he explained.

He went on to say that it’s because many households with earnings or incomes above the official poverty line have trouble meeting their basic needs.

“The new unity Federal government should take proactive steps to reduce bureaucratic red tape and simplify procedures for those seeking government assistance,” he added.

Today, Yap paid a visit to the newly reconstructed house for three Stampin Resettlement Scheme residents who had been living in the open at the site of their burnt-down house on Lorong 18A.

They were given assistance to rebuild their house through the Minor Rural Project – Sarawak Poor Home Improvement Project (MRP-PPRMS) with an allocation of RM15,000.

The house of the victims reportedly burned down on Nov 3 this year, and the reconstruction project began on Dec 1 and was completed on Dec 19. — DayakDaily