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KUCHING, Sept 18: The Sarawak government will build affordable houses located on a piece of land located between Kampung Segedup and Kampung Sungai Maong here, as part of the village extension programme, revealed Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
For a start, it will involve the construction of 297 units of affordable houses for these two villagers.
“The housing project will have first class amenities such as road and drainage system,” he said at the cheque presentation ceremony for Kampung Segedup villagers held at a leafing hotel here today.
He said the three-bedroom houses will be built on stilt so that their owners could further enlarge their houses once they have their means.
“For each lot, the government will spend at least RM100,000 to carry out leveling and earth-filling works. In all, the total expenditure to build 297 houses will be RM85 million,” he said.
Abang Johari, who is also Satok assemblyman, also urged his constituents from the two villages to invest their compensation money wisely.
“Yesterday, we have received more than RM3 billion from our SST (State Sales Tax) from our oil and gas. So, we will share what we have with our people,” he said.
The Chief Minister also disclosed that the State government will build similar affordable houses in Sibu and Tembirat.
The State government acquired 31.92 hectares of land from villagers of Kampung Segedup, based on market value for RM37.8 million.
The initial payment made last year was RM12.09 million while the remaining RM25.7 million was handed over at the ceremony today.
Earlier, Superintendent of Land and Survey Department of Kuching Division Alfian Bawi said, in the last three years, his department has implemented 152 projects which involved land acquisition of 650 lots, costing RM283 million.
“For this year alone, we have carried our 57 acquisition projects in which 22 have been implemented which involved a total of sum RM30.4 million which include the village extension programme of Kampung Sededup,” he said.
Among those present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Petrajaya MP and Senior Minister of Works Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Permanent Sectary of Urban Development and Natural Resources Datu Zaidi Mahdi and director of Land and Survey Abdullah Julaihi.-DayakDaily