Spaoh fire victims to have new shops — Uggah

Uggah (in dark blue shirt) chairing the meeting with the fire victims’ representatives on a plan for new shops.

SPAOH, March 31: The Sarawak government is making plans for the nine families affected by a noon fire here on Feb 4 to have new shops.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas told the victims that he would look for a consultant to do the architectural drawings.

“The plan, when ready, will be forwarded to the Land and Survey Department and the Betong District Council for approval before construction work can start,” he said when meeting the victims’ representatives today to discuss redevelopment of the new shops.

Uggah, who is also Bukit Saban assemblyman, said he hoped the shops would be ready before Chinese New Year next year.

Uggah and Betong Member of Parliament Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat had each donated RM40,000 to set up a fund to help the victims immediately after the incident.

Meanwhile, Spaoh Chinese community leader Penghulu Goh Leng Tong said the victims had unanimously agreed for Uggah to handle the plan.

“They also want him to look for the contractor to build the shops,” he added.

Also present were Betong Deputy Resident Abang Mohammad Abang Trukey and Dr Richard Rapu, a political secretary to the Chief Minister. — DayakDaily