RM3.5 mln spent under Dr Sim’s Batu Kawah service centre to assist poor families repair homes

Dr Sim (third right) and Lim (third left) visiting one of the houses under repair under the ‘Membaik Pulih Rumah’ assistance scheme.

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KUCHING, Aug 17: Deputy Premier cum Batu Kawah assemblyman Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian has helped 263 poor families to repair their houses with a total cost of RM3.5 million since 2018.

Batu Kawah service centre, in a statement today, said the assistance is provided by the Sarawak government under the ‘Membaik Pulih Rumah’ scheme, which is open to all races.

Only those registered under the Ministry of Social Welfare and categorised as poor are eligible to apply for this scheme, whereby every approved house repair cost is capped at RM15,000.

“In the first eight months of this year, a total of 29 repair projects have been completed with the cost of RM431,608. This assistance programme is still ongoing,” said the service centre.

Besides repairing houses for the poor, the programme also helps to rebuild houses for disaster victims.

Earlier on, Dr Sim together with Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Batu Kawah branch chairman Lim Ah Ted visited several houses that are under repair under this scheme. — DayakDaily