Longhouses urged to speed up repair projects so second phase funds can be channeled

Sikie (in white shirt) is seen during his work visit to Rumah Was. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit

TATAU, Nov 11: Longhouses which have received grants for repairs are urged to implement them with urgency so that allocations for the second phase can be channeled for the completion of projects.

Assistant Minister of Native Laws and Customs Datuk John Sikie Tayai commended residents of Rumah Was as they have started the project to replace the roofing of their longhouse.
“The assistance for building materials has arrived so the project must be implemented and (roof) installed immediately. 

“Completing the project is important so that the government can continue to provide funding for other needs under the Upgrading of Poor Houses Project Sarawak (PPRMS),” he highlighted during a work visit to the Rumah Was project site in Sungai Entajum here yesterday. 


Sikie also reminded the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) or village chief (Tuai Rumah) to prepare a report detailing the implementation of the project from before, during and after completion. 

He later also visited Ruman Robert Ahsoon in Sungai Empang and Rumah Gerry Janni in Sungai Mejau. 

Sikie expressed his hope that all JKKKs and longhouse chiefs will give due attention to procedures in ensuring that longhouse upgrade projects are completed according to plan for the comfort of the residents. 

“The assistance is rolled out in stages with RM500,000 for first and second phases respectively,” he added. 

Pemanca Gerosen Jubin and Penghulu Lubon Kinchang were among those present. — DayakDaily