RM15k allocated to rebuild home for residents living at site of their burnt-down house

Yap (back row, fourth right) in a photo-call with others at the site of the three residents’ new reconstructed house at Lorong 18A, Stampin Resettlement Scheme here today (Dec 28, 2022).

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Dec 28: Three residents living in the open at the site of their burnt-down house in Lorong 18A in the Stampin Resettlement Scheme were given assistance to rebuild their house through the Minor Rural Project – Sarawak Poor Home Improvement Project (MRP-PPRMS) with an allocation of RM15,000.

The newly rebuilt house next to the site of where the previous house burned down. 

The victims’ home reportedly burned down on Nov 3 this year, and the reconstruction project began on Dec 1 before being completed on Dec 19.

The house was rebuilt through the Minor Rural Project – Sarawak Poor Home Improvement Project (MRP-PPRMS) with an allocation of RM15,000.

Residents of Lorong 18A, Stampin Resettlement Scheme approached the Chinese Kapitan of Taman BDC and Satria Jaya Boon Voon Min recently, informing him of the plight and predicament of the three residents whose home had been destroyed by fire.

The residents have also asked Boon to bring the situation of the three residents to the attention of Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap, as well as to request funding and assistance to rebuild the victims’ house, as they have been spotted living in the open at the site of their burnt-down house.

Yap visited the site to speak to the three residents, after which he discussed the matter with Boon, to organise a gotong-royong under the MRP-PPRMS to repair and rebuild the burnt-down house.

The Kota Sentosa assemblyman also thanked Boon and all the volunteers for volunteering their time and effort in the gotong-royong to help with the rebuilding and repairs of the house.

“The total cost to rebuild the house was RM15,000, including donations from S.D.Fibre Trading Sdn Bhd for the septic sewage tank for the toilet and W-Max Resources Sdn Bhd for the wood planks for the walls.

“For your information, the three residents are not in the B40 category; they are hardcore poor and in need of financial assistance,” Yap told reporters today at the site.

Yap (third right), Jimis (fourth right), Boon (fifth right), and others in a photo-call inside the newly reconstructed house.

Jimis Aduk, 51, one of the victims, told DayakDaily that she has been living in the open with no walls, floor, or electricity and only a roof for shelter.

The three residents have been living in the open with no walls, floor, or electricity and only a roof for shelter.

“It was a difficult time, but we had no choice because the fire had completely destroyed our home,” she added.

Jimis Aduk was photographed at the open living area at the site of the burnt-down house. Photo credit: Kapitan Boon Voon Min

Meanwhile, Yap’s Pusat Khidmat N12 Kota Sentosa is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone experiencing problems in his constituency or anyone who comes across issues of public interest but is unsure how to handle them.

Anyone requiring assistance can always call his service centre’s mobile number at 082-265513 or 011-31893319, or go directly to his service centre at E-2-25, 2nd Floor, Gala Street Mall, Gala City, Jalan Tun Jugah, Kempas Heights, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak to request for assistance. — DayakDaily