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KUCHING: The 100 Kenyah villagers of Uma Badeng in the Sungei Koyan Bakun resettlement scheme who were made homeless by a fire, were today given toiletries, mattresses, pillows and clothes in immediate aid from the state’s power company Sarawak Energy Bhd.
They were also given liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders, stove, kitchen utensils, food items such as rice, sugar, canned food and bottled drinking water as immediate relief while they prepare to rebuild their lives.
Their 15-door longhouse was completely razed by fire Tuesday evening.
Four fire volunteers, who lived in nearby Uma Daro Liling Padong longhouse made a valiant, but futile, effort to try and save the longhouse.
The nearest fire station is three hours away in Bintulu.
There to hand out the aid were Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon, Belaga district officer Juan Ubit, Sungai Asap sub-district administrative officer Kuba Lusat, Pemanca Tony Kulleh and Bintulu Fire and Rescue Department chief Unjar Lum.
Sarawak Energy was represented by Jiwari Abdullah, its Assistant General Manager for corporate social responsibility and Bit Surang, its Community Relations Executive.
Chukpai said the spirit of co-operation and kindness shown by Sarawak Energy, community leaders and the people ought to be emulated by all.
“It is during times like this when we need everyone to come together and extend a helping hand and provide much needed relief,” he said.
Kennedy thanked all who had contributed to ease the hardship and misery experienced by the victims’ life, including the fire volunteers and residents of nearby longhouses for providing first response.
Jiwari in his address said he hoped the assistance given would be able to provide some respite during this time of need. – dayakdaily.com