KUCHING: A total of 23 longhouses in the Marudi constituency has benefitted from the state government’s longhouse loan scheme since mid-2016.
Local Government Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil who is Marudi assemblyman, said since he was elected, the state government’s initiative has been a boon to a total of 485 families in the constituency.
“Since I was elected as the people’s representative, 23 longhouses involving 485 families have obtained the loan scheme worth RM14.55 million in total.
“This does not include two longhouses that received RM70,000 per door to build their new longhouse after their previous longhouse caught fire which was the case for Rh Langat anak Anthony Collins and Rh Jeff Anchum.
“I congratulate all who have been selected and pray that this will help the construction of their respective new longhouses,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (Oct 15).
Recently, Penguang attended a meeting to approve the longhouse loan scheme to applicants which was chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian was also present at the meeting.
Penguang said the meeting had approved the loan scheme for two longhouses in Marudi. The longhouses are Rh Frederick Belaja, Baram Hilir (RM780,000) and Rh Unsam, Sg Nat (RM450,000).
He said with the approval for the longhouses, this brings the total longhouses approved under the scheme in Marudi to six this year.
“Earlier, similar approvals were given to Rh Buddy Sg Selepin, Rh Merenggai Sg Laong, Rh Tugang Ngau Long Maro and Kampung Long Jegan C, Tinjar.
“For the year 2021, RM60 million has been approved for the purpose of facilitating this longhouse loan scheme.
“Congratulations to all the longhouse residents whose loans have been approved,” he said.