Malay community requests for larger allocation of low-cost, medium-cost housing

Abang Johari (sixth right) receiving a memento in the form of a songkok from Awang Tengah in the presence of other dignitaries at the closing ceremony of the 7th Sarawak Malay Cultural Seminar in Kuching yesterday (Oct 31, 2018).

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Nov 1: The Malay community is requesting that 50 per cent of low-cost and medium-cost housing in Sarawak be allocated to the community.

The housing issue was among the 70 resolutions passed at a two-day seminar which were read out by the general manager of the Board of Trustees of Amanah Khairat Yayasan Budaya Melayu Sarawak (AKYBMS) and event organising chairman Datu Dr Sanib Said at the closing ceremony of the 7th Sarawak Malay Cultural Seminar held at a hotel here yesterday.

Other resolutions include urging the state government to increase the percentage of women in the administration to 30 per cent; urging the state government to tackle social issues among Malay youth; and to come up with a masterplan for youth development.

It also recommended that the state government help promote Malay products to the international market.


Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister and chairman of the Board of Trustees of AKYBMS Datuk Awang Tengah Ali Hasan expressed hope the Malay community will continue to supporting Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) which is the backbone of the state’s administration.

“It’s only through PBB that our struggles and interests would be safeguarded and taken care off,” he said.

He also hoped that the Malay community would continue to give its undivided support to the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to ensure that the community will continue to progress.

He said some 1,000 Malay intellectuals and county leaders from throughout the state took part in the two-day seminar with the theme ‘Managing Culture in the Digital Era’ (Mengurus Budaya Dalam Era Digital). — DayakDaily