BY GABRIEL LIHAN & JASMINE BADUN
MORE than 300 participants throughout Sarawak who participated in the Village Expansion Scheme (SPK) are facing a delay in house construction.
In early 2019, the SPK scheme’s main objective was to ensure citizens with families who own land lots can build their houses.
Dayang Noorazah Awang Sohor (GPS-Lingga) during her speech at the august House here on Friday (May 20) said, the construction was still hampered by financial factors or waiting for approval from the Spektra Permata House Programme.
“Therefore, I propose that this scheme be implemented in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) N28 Lingga areas with a method where this scheme also offers direct construction of houses at low instalments for the B40 group.”
Furthermore, Dayang Noorazah also proposed to welfare agencies that the Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) be made directly and handed over to the applicants at each branch of the welfare centre.
She said this was due to appeals made by applicants that the waiting period for the KGC card was too long and some had passed away before getting their cards.
Apart from providing welfare and offering direct construction of house at low installments, she urged internet and telecommunication companies (telco) to prioritise rural and coastal areas.
“Lingga areas are having difficulties with keeping up with the digital economy trend, especially in Lingga, Meludam and Triso due to difficulty in obtaining Internet connection.”