Lingga rep urges S’wak govt to also consider single people when offering housing assistance programmes

Dayang Noorazah Awang Sohor

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 19: Lingga assemblywoman Dayang Noorazah Awang Sohor proposes that the Sarawak government establish special conditions on housing assistance programmes to help single people.

She said most housing assistance programmes, such as the Rumah Spektra Permata (RSP), prioritise married applicants.


“I represent the voice of the youth or the single persons to the GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) government to establish special conditions for applicants who are single so that they can also own their own houses,” she said.

She stressed that this measure could help reduce cases where the number of occupants of one house exceeds the housing capability, especially when the children are already working but have no choice but to stay with their parents.

Meanwhile, Dayang Noorazah also requested the Sarawak government create a body, entity or agency to allocate project funds to help the extremely poor own a house, regardless of whether they have land.

“I have dealt with people who simply cannot own a house, which is unfortunate. They have to stay at the home of their parents or relatives until the house has over five heads of household.

“They are equally dependent on the PPRT (Program Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin) initiative provided by the federal government, which we all know the quota given each year is very limited,” she raised when debating the motion in appreciation of TYT’s speech at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today.

She said the PPRT programme only considers applicants with a land area of not less than 700 square feet.

“What about the fate of Sarawakians with less than 700 square feet or no land? I hope this proposal can be evaluated and studied to help the people of Sarawak in need,” she added. — DayakDaily