Lo: RM1 million annual allocation per constituency benefits Sarawakians

Lo (yellow shirt) is seen presenting souvenirs as symbolic of the handing over of the completed house to owner, Sandi Orak (fifth left) and his wife Nee Nibong (fourth left) while the others look on.

KUCHING, Sept 12: The RM1 million allocation per year for every constituency in the state would help improve the living conditions and well-being of the low income households, said Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang.

According to Lo, with such an initiative and a total of 82 constituencies in Sarawak, it would benefit the people in the state, year in, year out.

“Imagine in the next five years, if this programme is being carried on, with the assistance from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT), including the state’s initiatives taken by (Chief Minister) Abang Jo (RM1 million allocation), Sarawakians would have benefit tremendously.

“Everyone of my constituents and voters, including the voters in N.14 Batu Kawah too, will have a comfortable house to live in, and in the next five years, through this initiative, (hopefully) there will be no dilapidated houses in the Sarawak.

“For that, I would like to congratulate the Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) and also encourage him to continue these programmes,” he said.

Lo told this to reporters when representing Batu Kawah assemblyman Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian for the handing over ceremony of a completed house repair works to one of the recipients in Batu Kawa Resettlement Scheme Phase B, Lorong 20D, Desa Wira, in Jalan Batu Kawa, here today.

Meanwhile, Lo also disclosed that more than 80 urban poor houses in Batu Kawa and Batu Kitang constituencies each, have benefited from the House Repair For The Poor Programme initiated by the KPKT Malaysia since 2017.

Lo, who is also Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman, said the programme is an initiative under the the Urban Poverty Eradication Programme (PPKB), funded by the KPKT and implemented by MPP and aimed to improve the living conditions of the poor.

Lo said under the programme, a maximum of RM15,000 is allocated per house, for renovation works such as roof and windows repair, painting the whole house, and many others.

“Although this is not the core business of the council, I am extremely pleased and proud that the council staff have a big heart for this project in order to help the poor, apart from carrying our core business.

“Under MPP’s implementation, the House Repair For The Poor Programme has completed a total of 114 houses since 2016 with the total cost of RM1,690,676.64,” he added.

Also present were MPP deputy chairman Datuk Ahmad Datuk Seri Ibrahim and other MPP councilors. –DayakDaily.