Minister to assist 44 victims affected by Kampung Pulo-Semarang fire move into new homes

Nancy (second right) inspecting the scene of the fire at Kampung Pulo Ulu in Kuching on Dec 13, 2022.

KUCHING, Dec 13: The Federal Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Dato Sri Nancy Shukri will assist the 44 victims of five homes razed by a fire at the Kampung Semarang-Kampung Pulo border, to be moved to their new homes as soon as possible.

Nancy, who is Santubong MP, said many parties have come to assist the victims who are now residing at Dewan Kampung Pulo Ulu here.

She said the next course of action is to move the victims to their new homes, and will discuss further with the agencies responsible for it.

“Insya-Allah we can do that because we have an allocation of new houses in Darul Hana that can accommodate these families,” she told reporters after paying a visit to the victims at Kampung Pulo Ulu here this morning.

Nancy further explained that of the five households, one (from Kampung Semarang) has already been paid compensation to move into a new home.

For the remaining four households from Kampung Pulo, she said the authorities have recently decided on the provision of new settlements for the Kampung Pulo residents.

“That is why I will facilitate this matter to see the transfer will be implemented immediately. Although we are unable to move all residents in one go, but at least the fire victims would be given priority first,” she added.

Fatimah (second row, third left) witnesses Nancy (front row, right) presenting aid to a victim at Dewan Kampung Pulo Ulu in Kuching on Dec 13, 2022.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Minister Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah who was also present said the Sarawak government have set aside a special allocation and assistance to assist victims of disasters.

“We will record the profile of the victims and the assistance would be given based on the data collected.

“The assistance would be distributed in the near future such as food aid, bedding items, schooling assistance, pocket money and clothes.

“Another assistance is on the house construction materials, which is RM5,000 for each household,” she said.

Yesterday (Dec 12), the 44 victims from 10 families were made homeless after five houses at Kampung Semarang-Kampung Pulo Ulu here were razed by a fire at around 1.45am.

The fire also destroyed a car and four motorcycles.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) managed to get the fire under control at 2.18am and ended the operation at 5.51am. — DayakDaily