By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Dec 14: Tchee Fah Hin, whose son was among the three killed in the explosion at CityOne Megamall on Dec 4, will have a decent house to call his own once a piece of land is identified and approved by the state government.
Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong revealed that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government had agreed to build a house through Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB)’s Rumah Mesra Scheme for Tchee.
Tchee’s current wooden house at Kampung Stutong Baru is in a dilapidated state. It has uneven and unstable floors, missing wall panels and windows, and things are scattered all over the place.
In fact, the house is unfit for human occupation, more so with him having a mobility impairment.
“What I understand is that an empty plot of land nearby to his (Tchee) current place will be alienated once the state government finalised all the necessary procedures,” Yong told a press conference at the Democratic Action Party (DAP) headquarters here today.
From information gathered, she added that the Land and Survey Department had already done the necessary to approve the land for Tchee.
“Here, I wish to express my gratitude to the department for their promptness and initiative in realising Tchee’s dream to have a piece of land at the Stampin Resettlement Area in Kampung Stutong Baru here,” she said.
Yong visited Tchee yesterday (Dec 13) to convey the good news from both state and federal governments.
Having also visited the SPNB Sarawak office yesterday, she said details of this case had been discussed with the liaison officer Wan Habeeb Alli Wan Yep Mohdzar.
“SPNB will give priority to build a house for Tchee, provided that the land is being finalised and allocated to Tchee by the state government,” she added.
For SPNB Rumah Mesra Scheme, she explained that assistance was only eligible for an applicant with ownership of the land where the house will be built.
“If the applicant does not own a land, we can’t use this scheme. So, I urge the state government to expedite and finalised the process soonest possible so that we can fulfil the wish and dream of Tchee.
“But of course, if the state government intends to also help with building a house through the state housing scheme, on top of giving the land, I, like everyone else, will welcome that,” she said.
The Rumah Mesra affordable home, according to Yong, comes with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living area.
Nevertheless, Yong emphasised that the government of the day, whether the federal or state government, are duty bound and have a responsibility to assist Tchee during this difficult time. — DayakDaily