Joy for rural folk

Sikie (seated, third left) sitting down with the longhouse residents.

TATAU: The road to Setusor will be upgraded via a rural transformation programme (RTP) costing RM350,000.

The was announced by Kakus assemblyman Datuk John Sikie Tayai during a ‘Leader with the People’ programme at Rh Asun Jemat Nanga Setusor, Anap on Friday.

The Native Laws and Customs Assistant Minister also announced a minor rural project (MRP) worth RM15,000 to the Rh Asun Jemat Nanga Setusor village development and security committee (JKKK) and RM3,000 to the women’s bureau.

Sikie added that a MRP allocation will be given to five longhouses — Rh Japing, Rh Minggat, Rh Gelimai, Rh Thomas Gundi and Rh Rentap.

The total allocation would be given according to the number of pintu (doors) in the longhouse.

At the programme, he informed the people of several new initiatives by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government to provide for their welfare.

“The state government does not only provide infrastructure facilities but also assistance such as the Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) and Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS).

“Residents aged 60 and above can apply for KGC and obtain a form from the Tatau district office or the Social Welfare Department.

“The card’s various benefits include providing insurance coverage, special offers, discounts on health services, public transport and necessities, as well as death compassionate assistance of RM3,000,” he said.

He also said that babies registered under the EFS will be given an incentive of RM1,000 by the Sarawak government and will be managed by Bank Islam before it (the fund) can be withdrawn by them after reaching the age of 18.

Therefore, Sikie said that newborns should be immediately registered with the National Registration Department to enable them to receive EFS incentives provided by the government.

After the programme ended, the assistant minister attended a program santai (casual event) at Rh Japing, Setusor Ili.