63 households in three villages now have light

Lee (second right) visits houses in Kampung Damai Jaya.

MIRI: Sixty-three households in Tudan Desaras, Kampung Senadin Jaya and Kampung Damai Jaya are benefitting from the first phase of the Additional or Late Applicant Fund (ALAF) of RM320,000 used to pay for electricity connection last year.

Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who is also Senadin assemblyman, said the second phase costing RM2 million has also been allocated for the benefit of 396 applicants in the same area.

“Based on the latest survey by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB), of the 396 applications, 332 are eligible. Sixty-four are not eligible as the lots/houses are still under construction,” he said.

For Kampung Damai Jaya, a total of 81 houses had their electricity supplies connected.

Lee disclosed this after he visited five houses in the village.

He was accompanied by Sarawak Energy’s Northern Region senior engineer David Kung Sie Wen and his team.

Lee also expressed his appreciation for the government led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for allocating funds for rural electrification via Alaf, particularly for Senadin area.

Many rural people including those in squatter colonies have been waiting for years for electricity to be supplied to their houses.

Lee also urged SEB to speed up supply connection for the second phase.

He also hoped that all households can have 24-hour electricity by the middle of the year.

Lee also thanked Sarawak Energy for trying to complete the project this year as it has been delayed due to Covid-19 pandemic.