SUPP calls for revival of housing programme for hardcore poor

Yap (yellow shirt) together with SUPP members, Welfare Officer and the house owner at the site of her burnt down house.

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KUCHING, Dec 19: Sarawak United People Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) is appealing to the federal government to revive Program Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT), a housing programme for the hardcore poor which has been halted.

PCB chief Wilfred Yap said they hoped that the federal and state governments would evaluate, prioritise and enhance their policies on poverty eradication by empowering the poor to improve their access to livelihoods or employment opportunities.

“We want the government to accord the highest priority in assisting hardcore poor to get decent housing,” Yap said, in response to the recent case where a house at Lorong 45A, Jalan Stampin Baru was totally destroyed by fire last Sunday.

The victim has two sons living with her.

One of them is receiving financial assistance under “e-kasih” from the Welfare Department whereas the other son does not have stable employment.

“We would like to thank the Sarawak Welfare Department for their speedy response in visiting the victims of the fire upon being notified by SUPP PCB. They also handed over immediate relief assistance of daily necessities to ease her burden.

“The officer from Welfare Department is in the process of making her report on the situation for evaluation to obtain approval for financial assistance to be given to the fire victims,” Yap said in a statement.

SUPP’s PCB highlights and resolves issues of public interest affecting the community through relevant authorities.

Anyone requiring assistance can call the party’s PCB mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or go direct to SUPP Head Office to request for assistance. —DayakDaily