Masing (fourth right) presenting a grant to one of the recipients.

KAPIT: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing handed out a total of RM1,644,500 in minor rural project (MRP) funds to 128 Village Security and Development Committees (JKKK) in the Baleh state constituency.

The grants would benefit some 3,012 families comprising 24,517 people.

Speaking at the function yesterday (July 9), Masing said this was the second phase, adding that the third and final phase would be held towards the end of the year.

“The allocation for the longhouses is for the planned projects and activities. For instance, the JKKK has applied to replace the longhouse roofing, mosaic or tile.”

He said there were occasions when he visited the longhouse two or three months later after the JKKK received the cheque, and the folks would enquire about the tiles for their longhouse.

“The JKKK must be proactive, to spend the money for the tiles instead of asking me to buy the tiles and deliver to them.”

Masing also congratulated Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong, who was appointed as the chairman of Niosh (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).

Also present were Ugak; Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang; Kapit Resident Nyurak Keti; Bukit Mabong District Officer Douglas Punnga; heads of various government departments and community leaders.