Better home for constituent

Abdul Rahman (third right) and Julaihi (fourth right) at the newly completed house.

KUCHING: A constituent in Pantai Damai, Julaihi Zaini, finally moved into a better home.

This was made possible after five years of living in a dilapidated house under unsafe condition.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said Julaihi’s plight came to his attention after seeing a photo of the latter’s house condition.

He said while Julaihi’s house was on the list of housing assistance recipients, they were still waiting for allocations to be given by the government.

“Concerned about the fate of Julaihi and his family, we took the initiative to build this house because the situation of the former home was so dilapidated and unsafe.

“We built this house at a cost of RM57,000 and this is our service in effort to provide comfort to the community,” he said after the handover ceremony of the house in Kampung Rampangi Phase 1 on Wednesday (Nov 25).

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also the Assistant Minister of Utilities (Water Supply), said that the Pantai Damai Service Centre also received proposals to build new houses apart from repairing existing ones.

Under the Sarawak Poor Housing Improvement Project (PPRMS), a total of 67 houses were renovated in 2018, 43 houses in 2019 and 60 houses are planned this year in the constituency, he shared.

“This means that every village will have a house that will be repaired,” he said.

Also present were Islamic Affairs Department Sarawak (Jais) director Ustaz Khalidi Ibrahim Khalidi Ibrahim and Kampung Rampangi village chief Borhan Piee.