KUCHING: Thirty-five new houses have been built in Santubong Constituency under the ‘Rumah Ihsan Wan Junaidi’ (PPIWJ) project since 2015.
According to Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, the allocation to build houses for the needy was given by a corporate body as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
“Santubong Parliamentary Service Centre is of ISO standard and it is the only one in the country allocated by the company,” he told New Sarawak Tribune in an exclusive interview yesterday.
Wan Junaidi said a new house would cost RM70,000 each.
“Although the government provides housing assistance such as the Housing for the Hardcore Poor (PPRT), sometimes the application process takes a long time.
“For instance, when families are affected by disasters such as fires, we cannot let them wait. So we will build new houses under PPIWJ for them,” he explained.
The PPIWJ project started in 2015.
Wan Junaidi, who is also the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister, added the Sarawak government had also allocated funds to repair and rebuild houses of those with household incomes of RM3,000 and below.
Asked to comment on the purpose of a service centre, Wan Junaidi said it was important to establish the centre in each constituency to facilitate communication among the people.
“There must be somebody to manage the documents such as letters, applicants, and phone calls and it must be effective as well so that when people come to seek help, we are ready to serve them,” he said.